Righthaven CEO, Plus Two Former Righthaven Lawyers, Being Investigated By Nevada State Bar

from the hits-just-keep-on-coming dept

It appears that the Nevada State Bar has decided that some of the complaints against Righthaven that were filed over the past couple of years are worthy of a more detailed investigation. The bar has initiated an inquiry against Righthaven CEO Steve Gibson, as well as two of Righthaven's former lawyers, specifically regarding Righthaven. According to Vegas Inc.:
Phil Pattee, assistant Bar counsel, said the agency couldn’t disclose the nature of the grievances against the attorneys or whether they relate to complaints from outside parties or the Bar’s own review of the Righthaven cases or both. But he confirmed the grievances relate to the attorneys’ work for Righthaven.

“We’ll be asking them about Righthaven,” he said.
One other interesting tidbit in the article: apparently Gibson has a new job -- back to working as a lawyer, now in the Las Vegas office of Detroit-based law firm, Dickinson Wright.

Gibson, not surprisingly, is outwardly confident that this inquiry is not a big deal:
“I will be responding to the informational requests of the Bar and believe that after such responses and clarifications, the matter will be properly addressed. Miss Lowry indicates her concurrence,” Gibson said Thursday.
Of course, this is the same Steve Gibson who insisted that the courts believed in Righthaven and believed the company was "genuine," but were just pushing back to "give some guidance" for Righthaven competitors. Of course, in both cases he may turn out to be right. It's just that the "matter may be properly addressed" in a manner that Gibson does not like. And, as for "guidance," it appears that the guidance the courts were giving Righthaven competitors could be summed up as "don't do anything that Righthaven has been doing."

Filed Under: investigation, nevada, state bar, steve gibson
Companies: righthaven


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    Scote, 13 Jan 2012 @ 10:25pm

    How strange...no mention of Righthaven in his CV...

    My, my. How odd. The CV page for Gibson at Dickinson/Wright lists his experience thusly:

    "Experience

    * Mr. Gibson has nearly twenty years of experience which includes practicing in Japan and at an International Chicago-based law firm. "

    What? No mention of his groundbreaking stint as CEO of "America's premier Copyright enforcer" (or how ever they said that...) And no mention of Righthaven being sanctioned for misrepresentation to the courts? Nor of the 275 cases filed by Righthaven that seem as though every single one that will be decided by a court will be lost?

    And, the CV brags about Gibson's contract writing experience, but makes no mention of the contract he was involved with at Righthaven where the true nature was concealed from the courts by splitting the copyright assignments secretly in an overriding agreement with Stephens Media that took back the bald copyright assignments shown to the courts and recast them as apparent sham copyright assignments, which when finally examined in total were found to be that Righthaven lacked even standing to sue in multiple venues? Really? No mention of that?

    I'm really wondering what info Gibson has in his safe to get someone to hire him to work as a lawyer...I'm definately not saying he's blackmailing anyone, but who would hire him on his merits after his inexcusable conduct in the Righthaven debacle? I hope Mike will ask the law firm for comment.

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