Righthaven LLC -- a bottom feeding legal outfit -- has teamed up with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Denver Post to sue mom and pop websites, advocacy and public interest groups and forum board operators for copyright infringement. The strategy of Righthaven is to sue thousands of these website owners, who are primarily unfunded and will be forced to settle out of court.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Eiser's Attorneys Reject Demand; Offer Righthaven Chance to Settle by Paying $250,000

Righthaven Defendant Threatens to Seek Settlement Refunds
The Las Vegas Sun delivers a "shock and awe" update in the Righthaven lawsuit against activist and blogger Dana Eiser of South Carolina. Journalists, lawyers and interested persons following Righthaven copyright lawsuits must read this article in full, along with its associated PDF files.
A South Carolina woman sued by Las Vegas copyright enforcer Righthaven LLC escalated her counter-attack on Sunday, arguing Righthaven should refund hundreds of thousands of dollars it has obtained in dozens of lawsuit settlements worldwide since May.
Attorneys for the woman, Dana Eiser, based their refund claim on charges that Righthaven in its lawsuits regularly threatens to seize the website domain names of defendants -- and that this demand is improper and is used to coerce defendants into settling.
Eiser also released emails in which an attorney for Righthaven gave Eiser the opportunity to settle by paying Righthaven $15,000. Eiser's attorneys rejected this demand and instead gave Righthaven the chance to settle by paying Eiser $250,000.
See: Article in full | View: Eiser motion for sanctions and Eiser counterclaim

Excerpt of emails released:
From: Ikenna Odunze (Righthaven attorney)
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2011 1:00 PM
To: Todd Kincannon (Eiser attorney)
Cc: Anne Pieroni; Steven Ganim (Righthaven attorneys)
Subject: RE: CONFIDENTIAL: Righthaven v. Eiser; 2:10-cv-3075-RMG
Kindly convey to the Defendant(s) that you represent in this matter, that Righthaven makes an offer to compromise and fully settle this matter for $15,000.00 to be paid in two payments over a two (2) month period, first payment within five days of the effective date in a finalized agreement...
Excellent lawyering by South Carolina firms: The Kincannon Firm, Horger and Connor LLC and Coastal Law LLC. Way to play hardball by placing a red-hot skillet under Righthaven and by standing up for Eiser and the many other innocents who have been targets of these predatory lawsuits.

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