|Righthaven LLC [Image - Michael Leon]|
- Federal Chief Justice Roger Hunt of the District of Nevada ordering sanctions against Righthaven LLC [Righthaven LLC v. Democratic Underground LLC et al, Case No. 2:10-cv-01356 (D. Nev.)], imposing a $5,000 fine
Righthaven is a LLC that has filed some 275 federal copyright lawsuits claiming text from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post has been used without regard to copyright law by the Internet users including bloggers and message board posters.
Judge Hunt said, Righthaven's "conduct was 'not negligence,' but part of a 'concerted effort to hide Stephens Media’s role in this litigation.'" Moreover, Hunt described Righthaven as a law firm masquerading as a company.
LR 7.1-1. CERTIFICATE AS TO INTERESTED PARTIESUNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEVADA
(a) Unless otherwise ordered, in all cases except habeas corpus cases counsel for private (non-governmental) parties shall identify in the disclosure statement required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 7.1 all persons, associations of persons, firms, partnerships or corporations (including parent corporations) which have a direct, pecuniary interest in the outcome of the case.
The disclosure statement shall include the following certification:
“The undersigned, counsel of record for ______, certifies that the following have an interest in the outcome of this case: (here list the names of all such parties and identify their connection and interests). These representations are made to enable judges of the Court to evaluate possible disqualification or recusal.
Signature, Attorney of Record for ______”
(b) If there are no known interested parties other than those participating in the case, a statement to that effect will satisfy this rule.
(c) A party must promptly file a supplemental certification upon any change in the information that this rule requires.