Righthaven Dismisses Lawsuit After Judge Slams Its Business Model
from the smart-judge dept
It’s looking like more and more judges are recognizing that the new found love of copyright trolls, to use the US judicial system as a shotgun to force people to pay settlement fees, is not a proper use of the courts. The company has been losing some important rulings, and has had to drop other lawsuits. Over in Colorado, where Righthaven has been filing a bunch of lawsuits for the Denver Post, Judge John Kane has made it clear that he’s not impressed by Righthaven’s business model and sees no reason to use the court to help it:
“[W]hether or not this case settles is not my primary concern. Although Plaintiff’s business model relies in large part upon reaching settlement agreements with a minimal investment of time and effort, the purpose of the courts is to provide a forum for the orderly, just, and timely resolution of controversies and disputes. Plaintiff?s wishes to the contrary, the courts are not merely tools for encouraging and exacting settlements from Defendants cowed by the potential costs of litigation and liability.”
This was in rejecting Righthaven’s request for an extension for filing its latest motion in a case, which is a really standard thing that judges almost always grant. But here, the judge said no. That alone is a pretty big slam against Righthaven.
Righthaven then quickly dismissed the lawsuit, which had been filed against “a mentally and physically disabled” 20-year old. Amusingly, in the dismissal notice, Righthaven lashes out at the defendant for using the lawsuit to attack it and its business model, and says that’s why it has decided to drop the lawsuit. Uh, yeah, right.
That sort of petulant tone probably isn’t going to help Righthaven or its client, the Denver Post, considering that the judge here, Judge Kane, is the judge for all of Righthaven’s Colorado cases. Either way it’s nice to see more and more courts pushing back on these kinds of lawsuits. I’m curious to hear the responses of those in our comments who thought these lawsuits were all perfectly legit when they were being filed.