Righthaven Screws Up (Again); Appeal Dismissed

from the do-they-do-anything-right? dept

Righthaven has a pretty long history of totally screwing up. And in the last month or so, it's simply been not showing up at all. It seems both trends have continued. Righthaven had indicated that it was focusing much of its efforts on its appeals in the 9th Circuit appeals court, where it hoped to reverse its rather stunning string of losses. But, instead, it appears that it just didn't show up. In a short and sweet order today from the appeals court, its appeal in the case against Garry Newman was dismissed, because Righthaven "failed to comply" with an earlier court order:
Appellant has failed to comply with the courtís order filed December 14, 2011. Accordingly, this appeal is dismissed. Ninth Cir. Rule 42-1. The parties shall bear their own costs on appeal.

This order served on the district court shall act as and for the mandate of this court.
Amazingly, a big part of the reason Righthaven is even in this situation, appealing the Newman case concerning his website FacePunch.com, is that Righthaven missed earlier deadlines on the case as well. So it appealed... and now it's totally failed to comply with the earlier court order here too.

Righthaven seems to invent new and interesting ways to display incompetence almost every day.

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 28th, 2011 @ 4:33pm

    At this point all those involved in that enterprise may be trying desperately to distance themselves from it, anybody who shows up may end up holding that hot potato at the end.

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    Justin Olbrantz (Quantam), Dec 28th, 2011 @ 4:42pm


    I just hope the people behind it don't manage to escape while everybody is busy seizing Righthaven's financial assets.

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    LDoBe (profile), Dec 28th, 2011 @ 4:47pm


    Trying to escape, like lice in a burning wig

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    ken (profile), Dec 28th, 2011 @ 4:47pm

    Righthaven has contended all along that the appeals court would undo all the rulings against it by the lower courts but now they are not even bothering to show up to them.

    Righthaven CEO Steve Gibson has a court date on January 5th in a Federal Court in Las Vegas. If he fails to show up for this one he will be considered a fugitive from justice.

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    Adam, Dec 28th, 2011 @ 5:04pm

    These antics are rather typical of a person who has a serious addiction to something -- the pressure to act builds to the point that they need relief from the stress and the overdone "relief" renders them inoperative.

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    TheBigH (profile), Dec 28th, 2011 @ 5:18pm


    You'd think a total wanker like him would have an effective stress relief method close at hand.

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    mr. sim (profile), Dec 28th, 2011 @ 5:19pm

    my question is when will someone try to take the company behind righthaven to court. with the Revelation that the transfer of copyright was improper I'm betting a judge says they have no protections from anyone and everyone who wants money from righthaven.

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    Marc John Randazza (profile), Dec 28th, 2011 @ 6:08pm

    The Case Style = Awesome

    Sorta funny that this happened in Righthaven v. FACEPUNCH.

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    Brendan, Dec 28th, 2011 @ 6:09pm

    Is this the case that the RIAA filed a brief for?

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