Brian Hill: Righthaven's Exploding PR DisasterSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 20:45
Brian Hill is the 20-year-old diabetic, autistic, North Carolina blogger that Righthaven made the unfortunate mistake of trying to shake down for $6,000. Here's another gem of an article from Steve Green of the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas's Good Newspaper.
Righthaven and the Denver Post likely would love to see Righthaven's lawsuit against Hill go away ASAP -- but now Righthaven may either have to pay Hill's attorney's fees or prove to a federal judge in Colorado why its lawsuit was not filed in "bad faith, vexatiously, wantonly or for oppressive reasons.'"
"An award of attorney's fees is appropriate," Hill's attorneys David Kerr and Luke Santangelo of Fort Collins, Colo., wrote in their motion for dismissal filed in federal court in Denver. "District courts possess inherent power to manage their affairs and to prevent abuse of the judicial process.
"A court may assess attorney's fees when a party has 'acted in bad faith, vexatiously, wantonly or for oppressive reasons,'" they wrote.
"Righthaven’s factual and legal deficiencies have been laid bare. The full scope of its ... 'negotiation' with Mr. Hill may need to become an issue," Hill's attorneys said in the filing.
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