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s complaint in Righthaven v. Democratic Underground, already before this Court asDkt. #60-3.
Yesterday, July 14, 2011, Judge Hunt conducted a hearing on the order to show cause.Judge Hunt sanctioned Righthaven and made findings that are highly relevant to this case,especially to the cross motions to dismiss now pending before the Court.
Judge Hunt found:1. That Righthaven is an unlicensed law firm with a contingent fee agreement masqueradingas a company.
2. That Righthaven made intentional misrepresentations to the federal courts as to the natureof its client relationship and the rights it held under the copyright
3. That Righthaven
claimed that it had various exclusive rights when it knew that theability to exercise those rights were retained exclusively by [its client].
The representations about the [Righthaven-client] relationship and the rights of Righthaven were misrepresentations. They were misleading.
5. That Righthaven
s failure to disclose the true nature of its client relationship was
The full citation is: Order dated 6-14-2011, Dkt. #116, Righthaven v. Democratic Underground,2:10-cv-01356-RLH-GWF, ___ F.Supp.2d ___, 2011 WL 2378186 (D. Nev. June 14, 2011)(H
These findings were widely reported in media following the Righthaven cases.
Media covering the matter reported that when Judge Hunt began to issue his ruling, he stated:
“In the court’s view, the arrangement between Righthaven and Stephens Media is nothing mo
re,nor less, than a law firm
ly I don’t think is licensed to practice law in this
with a contingent fee agreem
ent masquerading as a company.”
Righthaven is not a lawfirm and does not claim to be a law firm.
Media reports also indicated that after discussing Righthaven
s misrepresentations regarding itsclient relationships, Judge Hunt stated:
The court finds those representations are not true andthat they are intentional.
This statement and subsequent statements are as reported by other attorneys present in the Nevada courtroom.
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