Judge: Righthaven Lacks Standing to Sue; Sanctions Threatened; Democratic Underground Case Dismissed; Countersuit Continues!Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 22:31
Woot! Great news and some sweet justice on the Righthaven front! As you know, the Daily Paul was sued last year by the copyright troll and legal terrorist Righthaven on behalf of the Las Vegas Review Journal. (This is why we don't link to LVRJ.com anymore.) The case was ultimately dismissed because Righthaven never got around to serving me.
We all knew that there was something wrong with Righthaven from the beginning, and a federal judge has finally agreed. Righthaven lacks standing to sue. In essence, Righthaven was attempting to argue, "You stole my car!" when in fact, they didn't own the car to begin with.
Here's the full story from the ever excellent Steve Green of the Las Vegas Sun (Las Vegas's good newspaper) and Vegas Inc. Green was the one who alerted me the day the lawsuit was filed against me, giving me valuable time to prepare my defense:
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.
But he's allowing the Democratic Underground to continue its counterclaim against Stephens Media LLC, owner of the Review-Journal. That could be expensive for Stephens Media as the Democratic Underground attorneys from the Electronic Frontier Foundation are asking to be awarded attorney's fees.
Continue at Vegas Inc.