Nov 2, 2011

U.S. Marshals ordered to seize Net troll's assets in win for veteran

Wayne Hoehn, Recon Company,
E 2 /12, 12th Cavalry Regiment;
Vietnam War

Highly decorated Vietnam veteran WINS VICTORY for THE INTERNET‏ and FIRST AMENDMENT - Wayne Hoehn, has just won his sought-after order from a federal court in Las Vegas commanding the U.S. Marshals Service to seize more than $63,000 in Righthaven LLC's assets to satisfy a Hoehn's judgment and costs.

What happens when deceitful fraudsters like Righthaven LLC and attorney Shawn Mangano go up against veterans, advocates, the Tea Party, the Democratic Underground and some very serious legal talent?

They lose big.

By Michael Leon

Randazza Legal Group, Hoehn’s attorneys [and this writer’s] has represented [and still is] numerous victims of Righthaven which has sued 100s of veterans and advocactes, lying in complaints in federal court that Righthaven holds copyrights.

From Steve Green:

Las Vegas copyright infringement lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC’s financial problems grew Tuesday when the federal court in Las Vegas commanded the U.S. Marshals Service to seize more than $63,000 in Righthaven assets to satisfy a creditor’s judgment and costs.

Lance Wilson, clerk of the court, signed a writ of execution requested by attorneys for Wayne Hoehn, who was sued for copyright infringement by Righthaven — but then defeated Righthaven in court when his case was dismissed this summer.

Righthaven since March 2010 has filed 275 lawsuits against websites, bloggers and message board posters claiming they infringed on material from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post by posting their content online without authorization.

The company’s litigation campaign stalled this summer after three suits were thrown out on fair use grounds and five judges in Nevada and Colorado ruled Righthaven lacked standing to sue because it didn’t control the newspaper copyrights it claimed to own. ...

The writ was issued after Randazza Legal Group attorneys asked the court to issue it Saturday, one day after Righthaven missed a deadline to either pay the original $34,045 or post a bond guaranteeing payment while it appealed the fee award.

"Righthaven has exhausted any benefit of the doubt that it could be afforded, and it is time for it to pay the consequences for its actions — starting with Hoehn’s lawful judgment plus the accrued costs and fees expended in the (so far) futile attempts to compel Righthaven to take this court’s orders seriously,’’ Randazza attorneys wrote in Saturday’s request

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