A judge today fined newspaper copyright lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas $5,000 for misleading a federal court about its lawsuits.
Hunt elaborated today. Interestingly, he started out by saying Righthaven — a corporation not licensed to practice law — has been acting like a law firm.
“In the court’s view, the arrangement between Righthaven and Stephens Media is nothing more, nor less, than a law firm — which incidentally I don’t think is licensed to practice law in this state — with a contingent fee agreement masquerading as a company.”
I hope so. There's was an excellent Public Radio story about this today by OnTheMedia. The story also provided some background on Righthaven, which has become rather notorious for what some have described as its heavy handed approach. I'm sure, if this ruling stands, that there will be plenty of folks standing in line wanting to sue for damages.
Here's a link to the audio archive of the segment, about 5:36 min long....