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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 11:06 PM
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Righthaven ordered to pay nearly $120,000 in attorney fees, court costs
Source: Las Vegas Sun

Newspaper copyright infringement lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas was hit Wednesday with an order to pay $119,488 in attorney's fees and costs in its failed lawsuit against former federal prosecutor Thomas DiBiase.

This was by far the largest fee award against Righthaven, but likely will be dwarfed by an upcoming award in Righthaven's failed suit against the Democratic Underground. Before Wednesday the largest fee award against Righthaven was for $34,045 an amount Righthaven says it's having trouble paying or even posting a bond to cover.

... The DiBiase case was noteworthy because his attorneys at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco said DiBiase's nonprofit website performed a public service assisting law enforcement officials in bringing justice to crime victims and that his post was protected by the fair use concept of copyright law.

... DiBiase's attorneys received every dollar they asked for in their fee request.

Read more: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/oct/26/righthaven-... /
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 11:12 PM
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1. so
When do they duck out into bankruptcy? Or will DU and others be able to pursue the parent companies to claim their awards?
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 11:21 PM
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2. good question. the whole apparatus looks to me like a shell designed to shield the partners
from costs if their litigation game backfires
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 11:35 PM
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3. Yes, that's what the LLC stands for.
Limited Liability Company.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:32 AM
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5. It will be interesting to see whether the liability shield protects the principals in their scheme
to stir up vexatious litigation for profit
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:46 AM
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7. The shield can be penetrated but it's unusual, I've read.
I hope DU gets enough of a settlement to buy us all laptops.

:D
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:14 AM
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8. iPads!
As Skinner once said: "Free iPads for everyone!"
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:57 AM
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11. Then I'll turn around and sell my free one
so I can get something useful, like another 24" monitor for my desktop computer :D
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:34 PM
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12. Elad could become the Oprah of the internet!
All of us in the virtual audience could cry and shit when he surprises us with our new iPads!
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Hassin Bin Sober Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:30 PM
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19. At the very least, Skinner should mount this d-bag's fancy head-seat like a set of antlers:
Maybe the vest too:

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Angleae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:29 PM
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14. Banktrupcy cannot shield you from court decisions.
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Hassin Bin Sober Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:28 PM
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18. Well, that's a rather simplistic statement that doesn't mean anything.
Yes, BK can shield a person from judgments.
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 11:43 PM
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4. Ha Ha die you bastards!
Fatal mistake taking on DU and a former federal prosecutor!
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:43 AM
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6. YES!
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:40 AM
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9. Nice!
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:51 AM
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10. CUE THE VONAGE THEME!
And let this be a lesson to anyone else who dares to mess with DU!!!

:woohoo:
rocktivity
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:36 PM
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13. While Rimjob at Freerepublic caved to RH blackmailers
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:54 PM
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16. It would be beautiful if
DU was paid (in part) the money he paid.

Ironic, some might say.
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:38 PM
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15. Rec #50
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:04 PM
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17. Every. Last. Dirty. Dime.
That's what I want. The whole pound of flesh.
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