Sanctions Sought Against Righthaven's Lawyers For Not Dismissing Remaining Cases

from the make-it-stop dept

In its continuing effort to put the final nail in the coffin of Righthaven, the Randazza Legal Group has now filed for sanctions against Righthaven's lawyers. The filing argues that, given the multiple rulings in multiple jurisdictions slamming Righthaven's legal strategy and specifically ruling that Righthaven has no standing to sue, while also questioning if there even is any infringement here at all, Righthaven has a duty to dismiss its remaining cases:
Righthaven’s scheme has been rejected nationwide. Within this District, Courts had ruled four times that Righthaven did not have standing to sue its defendants – and that its amendments to the SAA made after filing suit were ineffective – just between June 14 and June 23, 2011.4 To the extent any legitimate question of law existed about Righthaven’s standing to sue in the first place, considering this Circuit’s precedent in Silvers v. Sony Pictures Entertainment Corp., 402 F.3d 881 (9th Cir. 2005), and Sybersound Records, Incorporated v. UAV Corporation, 517 F.3d 1137 (9th Cir. 2008), that doubt should have been resolved in June upon Righthaven’s fourth adverse ruling on standing. Yet, only days away from Halloween, the Defendants in this action continue to bear the costs of litigation establishing Righthaven’s lack of standing. This District has conclusively settled this exact issue, and Righthaven’s consistent argument to the contrary can no longer be advanced in good faith. Righthaven and its Counsel have a duty to dismiss this case, and not to waste the Court’s time or the Defendant’s time and resources in making the exact same arguments, which have been rejected again, and again, and again, and again.
The filing notes that continuing with these other lawsuits isn't just a waste of everyone's time, but reaches the level of vexatious litigation, by pursuing such cases in obvious bad faith. In the case at hand, involving a site called NewsBlaze, Righthaven's lawyer, Shawn Mangano, has been trying to argue that, since its original motion to dismiss didn't bring up the standing issue, it can't be added later. It appears that Righthaven is also trying to re-argue the standing issue to some extent, though as this filing notes, that's settled law in this court:
Righthaven is precluded from further arguing that it has standing to bring this action under the SAA, and that its amendments executed after filing suit are effective, by the doctrine of issue preclusion – formerly known as collateral estoppel. When an issue has been fully and actually litigated, as these issues have been ad nauseam in this District, a party is barred from relitigating the issue.
Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?


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    lll, Oct 27th, 2011 @ 7:42pm

    Righthaven is the new SCO.

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Oct 27th, 2011 @ 8:40pm

    "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

    We could have long ago if you didn't keep posting this sheerly "inside court" crap!

    All those with me signify agreement by NOT commenting! *

     

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      Jeremy7600 (profile), Oct 27th, 2011 @ 8:49pm

      Re: "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

      I love reading Righthaven stories. I've probably read every single one and had a smile of glee as they get their asses handed to them.

      Toodles!

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Oct 28th, 2011 @ 5:37am

        Re: Re: "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

        Jeremy, they just need guidance. They're not getting anything handed to them. The judges want them to win.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Oct 28th, 2011 @ 11:57am

          Re: Re: Re: "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

          No idea how you can possibly say that with a straight face.

           

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 27th, 2011 @ 9:00pm

      Re: "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

      Well, I'm definitely NOT with you so I guess I better comment.

      These stories always give me a small, though very small, glimmer of hope for our
      Justice system... and it always makes me smile to see a copyright troll get smacked around:)

       

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      abc gum, Oct 27th, 2011 @ 9:19pm

      Re: "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

      Flawless logic - All those who do not comment here are in agreement.

       

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        Ed C., Oct 27th, 2011 @ 9:30pm

        Re: Re: "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

        You lose.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Oct 27th, 2011 @ 9:37pm

        Re: Re: "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

        While Blue is generally very retarded, I believe that his comment was intended to be some twisted form of sarcasm, though I can't seem to parse what point, if any, he's trying to make.

         

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          Atkray (profile), Oct 27th, 2011 @ 10:18pm

          Re: Re: Re: "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

          blue has been in odd form today.

           

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          Anonymous Coward, Oct 28th, 2011 @ 5:43am

          Re: Re: Re: "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

          My guess is that by automatically assuming everyone who doesn't comment is in agreement with him, it's a masturbatory attempt to claim that his perspective trumps the article's; that is, against whatever Mike is saying.

          If Mike doesn't make a comment I think ootb might just jizz himself.

           

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      Ed C., Oct 27th, 2011 @ 9:31pm

      Re: "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

      You lose.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 27th, 2011 @ 9:43pm

      Re: "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

      Righthaven is the gift that keeps on giving...

      I still wonder if someone didn't create Righthaven just to fail and demonstrate how bad a copyright troll can be.

       

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        davnel (profile), Oct 28th, 2011 @ 3:32am

        Re: Re: "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

        "I still wonder if someone didn't create Righthaven just to fail and demonstrate how bad a copyright troll can be."

        Or, better, how bad copyright LAW is.

         

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      Howard the Duck, Oct 28th, 2011 @ 4:37am

      Re: "Will we finally see the end of Righthaven?"

      I love Righthaven like the sun loves skin.

       

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    Larry, Oct 27th, 2011 @ 9:06pm

    Can't end

    soon enough.

    I just hope that the innocent defendants in these cases become whole again by having their legal defense bills paid.

     

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      davnel (profile), Oct 28th, 2011 @ 3:45am

      Re: Can't end

      By "made whole" I presume you also include the "settlement" payments made by those conned into settling.

      Actually, the only way that's going to happen, and the affected see any money, is if Stephens Media is brought into the case and made responsible.

      Again I say, if Stephens or any other third-party participant to the "agreements" can be proven to have received disbursements from Righthaven, they can be legally attached to the case and made responsible. It couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 27th, 2011 @ 9:43pm

    righthaven has done this so poorly that it has effectively crippled this business model for anyone else. the only thing i can think of in the way of lingering question is do we classify them as really really big screw ups or lawyers who fought this out to increase their billable hours knowing that what they did violated their professional ethics and oath.

     

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      davnel (profile), Oct 28th, 2011 @ 3:38am

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      I'm sorry, but even though lawyers are SUPPOSED to have ethics, one rarely sees them being exercized. It's all for personal gain and thus billable hours, regardless. And, the minute said lawyers become politicians all ethics go out the window, permanently.

       

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      abc gum, Oct 28th, 2011 @ 4:35am

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      "crippled this business model for anyone else"

      lol - wut?

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Oct 28th, 2011 @ 10:53am

        Re: Re:

        *rubs eyes*

        "crippled this business model for anyone else"

        lol - wut?

        *rubs eyes again*

        "crippled this business model for anyone else"

        /facepalm

         

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    FUDPACKER, Oct 27th, 2011 @ 10:29pm

    OOTB

    Is inept and inarticulate to a degree I hadn't thought possible.

     

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    DOlz (profile), Oct 27th, 2011 @ 11:54pm

    Guest spot

    I keep expecting Righthaven to make a guest appearance on "The Walking Dead".

     

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    davnel (profile), Oct 28th, 2011 @ 1:01am

    RightHaven in General

    Those of us chortling over Righthavens potential demise, and wanting a complete record of their travails, can find an archive here: http://www.vegasinc.com/news/legal/righthaven/

     

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    Wayne, Oct 28th, 2011 @ 6:00am

    I would love to hear what Sherman Frederick and Steve Gibson do to explain this away and how Righthaven is still going to win and they have an ace up their sleeve thats going to change this all, etc.

    Lawyers and ethics? Ha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhhahahhahahhaha cough cough cough, sorry i think I just laughed up a lung.

     

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