Righthaven Loses Again, Has To Pay More Attorneys Fees... And Has Lawyer Scolded By The Court

from the schadenfreude dept

The hits just keep on coming for Righthaven. Having already lost in Colorado, in its case against Leland Wolf (though, likely in all of its cases, since the same judge is handling them all), Righthaven has been told that it needs to pay Wolf's legal fees as well, to the tune of $32,147.50 along with additional costs of $1,000.85. Plus, Wolf and his lawyers have been told they can add on some more legal fees for the costs of the hearing in question. But, really, the best part of the minutes from the 13 minute hearing are that immediately after Righthaven's lawyer, Shawn Mangano, makes his argument, the minutes note:
The Court admonishes Mr. Mangano regarding his lack of civility.
Perhaps he's too busy trying to protect Righthaven assets from the US Marshals service to be civil these days.
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Filed Under: attorneys fees, colorado, copyright troll, shawn mangano
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    Benefacio (profile), 12 Nov 2011 @ 12:55pm

    Could Righthaven rulings be a defense against SOPA and ProIP?

    Mike, I know you are not a lawyer but, in your opinion, couldn't these rulings be used as a defense against SOPA and ProIP and possibly various three strikes laws by removing the intermediaries due to a lack of standing? Seems to me these rulings are saying that a third party cannot act on behalf of a copyright holder to initiate copyright based legal actions. Would this include PayPal attempting to void a contract based on alleged copyright infringement? Would any of the lawyers who frequently post please weigh in on this as well?

    I find it hopeful that the courts are enforcing jurisprudence issues and expect there to be a serious backlash against third parties attempting to bypass the court by attempting to be a court themselves.

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