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Righthaven Suffers Another Setback
Friday, October 28, 2011 - 11:43 AM
We've reported numerous times both on the show and on the blog about Righthaven, a company that buys copyrights on newspaper stories and images and then sues bloggers who repost them either in part or in full. Recently, they've suffered setback after setback, having several cases dismissed, and being hit with attorney fees in dismissed cases, and court penalties.
As of yesterday, things have become much worse for Righthaven, as US District Judge Roger Hunt ordered the company to pay nearly $120,000 in court and attorney fees in a failed lawsuit. The Las Vegas Sun's Steve Green reports:
This was by far the largest fee award against Righthaven, but likely will be dwarfed by an upcoming award in Righthaven's failed suit against the Democratic Underground. Before Wednesday the largest fee award against Righthaven was for $34,045 — an amount Righthaven says it's having trouble paying or even posting a bond to cover.
[Defendant Thomas] DiBiase has a website covering no-body murder cases, or cases where a murder is suspected but the victim's remains have not been located. He was sued by Righthaven last year over allegations he posted without authorization a story on such a murder case by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt in Las Vegas dismissed Righthaven's suit against DiBiase this summer because Righthaven lacked standing to sue him under its flawed lawsuit contract with R-J owner Stephens Media LLC.
In appealing a $34,000 ruling against the company in September, Righthaven attorney Shawn Mangano wrote "Righthaven faces the very real threat of being forced out of business or being forced to seek protection through bankruptcy if the court does not stay the judgement pending resolution of the company’s appeal to the Ninth Circuit." When we last sought comment from Righthaven CEO Steve Gibson on the future of the company, he wrote us back a one-line email that simply said "time will tell."