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.
Righthaven lawsuitsTo date Righthaven has been ordered to pay $323,138 in legal fees and sanctions.Righthaven lawsuits

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Judge Rules Righthaven Does Not Have Standing to Sue; Threatens Sanctions

Could Lead to Dismissal of Many Cases

Judge Rules Righthaven Lacks Standing to Sue, Threatens Sanctions...
A federal judge in Las Vegas today issued a potentially devastating ruling against copyright enforcer Righthaven LLC, finding it doesn't have standing to sue over Las Vegas Review-Journal stories, that it has misled the court and threatening to impose sanctions against Righthaven.
Because he found Righthaven doesn't have standing to sue, Chief U.S. District Judge for Nevada Roger Hunt dismissed Righthaven's copyright infringement lawsuit against the Democratic Underground.
See: Article in full | View: Ruling by Chief U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt

EFF Issues Announcement

Righthaven Copyright Troll Lawsuit Dismissed as Sham
San Francisco - In a decision with likely wide-ranging impact, a judge in Las Vegas today dismissed as a sham an infringement case filed by copyright troll Righthaven LLC. The judge ruled that Righthaven did not have the legal authorization to bring a copyright lawsuit against the political forum Democratic Underground, because it had never owned the copyright in the first place. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Fenwick & West LLP, and Las Vegas attorney Chad Bowers are defending Democratic Underground.
"We are pleased that the Court saw through Righthaven's sham assignment of the copyright and dismissed its improper claim," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl. "Today's decision shows that Righthaven's copyright litigation business model is fatally flawed, and we expect the decision to have wide effect on the over 270 other cases Righthaven has brought."
See: Article in full

Related articles:
04/19/11: EFF Releases Important Commentary About Friday's Crucial Discoveries
04/18/11: Recent Dismissal Filings Available for Active Righthaven Defendants - Download Now


  1. This is an incredible ruling and will have far reaching effects on every Righthaven case going forward. This can be the basis for even those who have settled to challenge the settlements. This ruling is devastating not only to Righthaven but to Stephens Media and Media News Group as well. They have all violated the public trust and now must reap the whirlwind.

  2. I settled with these RightHaven scammers. Is there a way to file suit or get my money returned that I paid them?


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