US Marshal Service Told To Go After Righthaven's Assets

from the is-it-over-yet? dept

The saga of Righthaven continues... and may finally be nearing a close. With Righthaven failing to get a court to change the requirement to put up a bond for the $34k it owes in legal fees for its bogus lawsuit against Wayne Hoehn, the deadline for Righthaven to pay up (or post such a bond) has passed. As such, it appears that the court has now signed off on a writ of execution for the US Marshal Service to seek to get from Righthaven the money owed, including additional accrued costs to make the total at stake: $63,720.80. In fact, they're "authorized to use reasonable force in the execution of this Judgment/Order." It seems that missing deadlines for filings may be the least of Righthaven's problems at this point.


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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 6:46am

    That's not how you spell asses

     

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    DannyB (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 6:48am

    The US Marshals are comming !

    > The paper's publisher, Sherman Frederick, likewise
    > warned readers: "I'm asking you nicely once again -
    > don't steal our content. Or, I promise you,
    > you will meet my little friend called Righthaven."


    Wayne Hoehn's represtnation, Randazza legal group, likewise
    warned RightHaven: "I'm asking you nicely once again
    to pay your court judgement. Or, I promise you,
    you will meet my little friend called the US Marshals.



    Advice for Righthaven:: when you're an a-hole, stop digging!

     

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    Anonymous Troll, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 6:55am

    Given Righthaven's idiotic and illegal actions, I recommend unreasonable force, such as SWAT teams raiding to seize computers, assets, and that cute blonde in HR.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 7:00am

    This is a greek tragedy in the making. One way to recoup money from this, also generate some nice content.

    "Righthaven - The movie" a satire of a legal company out of its depth in the merky waters of the law.

    Not sure who would star.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 7:02am

    Re:

    Brenden Fraiser

     

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    WDS (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 7:06am

    Judgement Proof

    It is obvious that Righthaven thinks that they are judgement proof. I hope the jerks behind it find out that they were wrong.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 7:11am

    Guidance

    The US Marshal Service is just trying to give them guid....you know what? Never mind. They're screwed.

     

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    Peter, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 7:12am

    Assets

    Any bets that there are no assets left to seize.

     

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    Prisoner 201, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 7:25am

    Re:

    Shame on you for causing a ruckus on my workplace. Now my coworkers think I am either not working or that I have gone insane.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 7:28am

    Re:

    > This is a greek tragedy in the making.

    Correction. It was a geek tragedy. Now it's a geek comedy.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 7:31am

    Re: Assets

    I hope this is true. It hope the reason is that they've done something underhanded, brazenly obvious, and not until after the judgement was entered, to try to protect their asse(t)s by transferring them to Stephens Media and/or the individual personal accounts of those responsible for this farce of a protection racket.

    Advice for Righthaven: next time you want to set up a protection racket, go ask the professionals, the Mafia, how it is done.

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 7:38am

    Re:

    John Travolta.

    They can call it A Civil Action 2: Righthaven's Revenge.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 7:40am

    The offices were probably cleaned out days or weeks ago. Next stop, bankruptcy court.

     

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    Nathan F (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 7:41am

    Re: Re:

    We have a place for you at my workplace in one of the padded rooms :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 7:44am

    Wake me up when the Marshalls show up at their homes and take away their personal stuff. Not going to happen, you say? Well there you go then, proof that this whole thing is just smoke and mirrors to reassure the public that "the system works".

    And even if these clowns get actually punished in some way, they're still just sacrificial lambs. Bigger organizations like the RIAA can get away with the same tactics and worse. Yawn.

     

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    PaxSkeptica, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 7:55am

    Re: Re: [Not sure who would star...]

    I'd authorize the use of unreasonable force against Brendan Fraser.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 8:11am

    Re:

    High court vs Low court.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 8:15am

    Re: Re:

    "Correction. It was a geek tragedy. Now it's a geek comedy."

    Ba....Bazinga?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 8:20am

    Re: Assets

    First one to get the righthaven.com domain name wins.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 8:25am

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    I think it would be wrong to pierce the corporate veil here unless they can find some really damaging evidence that Righthaven had paid stevens media all its money thusfar.

     

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    BentFranklin (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 8:27am

    Pierce the veil!

     

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    The eejit (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 8:28am

    Re:

    Ben Kingsley as the EVIL JUDGE COX, Richard Gambon as the doddering yet kindly pawn Gibson, Brad Pitt as Mangano, Tom Hanks as Hoehn, and Kermit the frog as the US Marshal.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 8:30am

    Re: Re:

    Which would open up Stephens Media up to fraud, extortion and racketeering charges, and that means everyone at the top.

    You literally cannot make this shit up, if that's true. If this was a satire, it would be too unrealistic.

     

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 8:44am

    Re:

    I hope they think to take the local TV station's news crews along with them. The video would be priceless, er amusing (don't want anyone thinking this might be 'valuable' IP).

     

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    lucidrenegade (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 8:51am

    *In fact, they're "authorized to use reasonable force in the execution of this Judgment/Order."*

    Really too bad somebody didn't accidentally change 'reasonable' to 'deadly'.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 8:59am

    Copyrights are assets!

    So does that mean that the US Marshalls can seize the copyrights that were transferred to Righthaven under the "newly modified" agreement?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 9:00am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Get out of my sofa.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 9:02am

    "they're "authorized to use reasonable force in the execution of this Judgment/Order."

    Well if they were running a torrent site that would mean a fully armed swat team kicking in their door. Hopefully they thought of something better for these guys

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 9:15am

    Re: Re:

    I agree with most of those, but would prefer to see Sylvester Stallone play a judge again.....

     

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    hothmonster, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 9:16am

    Re:

    "Righthaven - The movie" a satire of a legal company out of its depth in the merky waters of the law. "

    That pitch sounds more like a sitcom. Except, of course, the "The Movie" part.

     

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    jayhawkeye2 (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 9:17am

    Dibs on Gibson's Bluetooth!!!

    That's gotta have some value?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 9:49am

    Where are all the IP trolls proclaiming that Righthaven is right here? Where did they all go? They got this wrong too, just like they get most everything else wrong. Then they expect us to take them seriously.

     

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    Jay (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 9:53am

    Man, I didn't know how right my poem would be. It's like watching slow motion train wreck. Righthaven just can't get it right...

     

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    DannyB (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 10:29am

    Re: Re: Assets

    First one to get the Stephens Media copyrights, that were supposedly transferred to Righthaven via its amended New(tm) and Improved(tm) contract, really wins.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 10:41am

    Hmmm...methinks that even if you rip out all the copper pipes and wiring in their empty front offices, the US Marshals will not get anywhere close to $34K. I really hope they follow the paper trails as it was clear that Righthaven's delays were just buying time to get their assets moved so there will be nothing left to liquidate.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 10:54am

    If Stephens Media shares a 50 % stake in the proceeds . . .

    If Stephens Media shares a 50 % stake in the proceeds of Righthaven, then shouldn't they also share 50 % of the stake through the heart?

     

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    Beta (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 11:13am

    the sound of haunting laughter

    I'd like to see video of the seizure, just on the off chance that when the marshals kick in the office door and march through they'll find themselves in the parking lot, while all the the Righthaven letterhead documents dissolve into smoke, Mangano's arms come off when they try to handcuff him and he collapses into a small heap of second-hand clothing and twigs, the other Righthaven staff are revealed to be merely painted on the wall--

    No, on second thought I don't think I'd like to see the video; it can't possibly live up to my expectations.

     

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    Manabi (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 11:27am

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    To be fair, even most of the ardent IP trolls disliked Righthaven. Righthaven has proven time and time again that they were, at best, clueless idiots who were making utter fools of themselves and their whole legal "strategy". They've been an embarrassment to supporters of stronger IP laws (and lawyers) everywhere. I doubt anyone is going to miss them.

     

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    DogBreath, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 11:56am

    Re: Re: Re:

    We can always use our imagination, but I bet it would go down just like this:

    U.S Marshal "Judge Dredd" coming to seize Righthaven assets

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itmNiTwHOsM


    I wonder if using a Lawgiver on Righthaven would be considered "reasonable force"?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 12:40pm

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    I saw some pictures of the new Judge and it looks dreadful.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 1:40pm

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    Don't worry, I'm sure AJ will show up soon to proclaim that everyone is wrong and Righthaven is just getting a bad deal.

     

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    ken (profile), Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 5:11pm

    Re: The US Marshals are comming !

    Water-boarding sounds reasonable to me.

     

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