Colorado Judge Puts All Righthaven Cases On Hold
from the oops dept
We had already pointed out that the judge in Colorado, who was handling all of Righthaven’s lawsuits in that state, was not impressed by Righthaven’s business model and was not interested in allowing the company to use the courts as a wedge in its business model. Righthaven’s response was to somewhat petulantly go after the judge, so it’s little surprise that the judge, John Kane, has now put all of Righthaven’s lawsuits in that state on hold, saying that he wants to make sure Righthaven actually has standing to bring the suit.
I would imagine this comes after learning about the sham copyright assignments that were revealed in Nevada with Stephens Media. The lawsuits in Colorado aren’t over Stephens Media content, but Media News content, and it’s not clear if Media News also had a similar bogus copyright assignment trick going on, but it appears Judge Kane would like to find out. Righthaven has filed 57 cases in Colorado, with 22 of them being dismissed by Righthaven, meaning likely settlements in most of those (I believe at least one was dismissed because of the judge being skeptical). So, 35 cases are now on hold, but I imagine that the 20 or so people or companies who have settled may suddenly be regretting that rash decision.