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Fed’l Judge Tells US Marshals to Seize $64K from Righthaven Law Firm to Satisfy Blogger’s Judgment

Posted Nov 2, 2011 7:39 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A law firm that purchased rights to articles in the Denver Post and Las Vegas Review-Journal, sued bloggers for infringement and then lost a number of suits when standing and fair-use defenses were successfully asserted is now the subject of a federal court debt-collection order.

Because Righthaven LLC failed to pay a court-ordered $34,045.50 to prevailing defendant Wayne Hoehn, U.S. marshals have been authorized to seize that amount, plus another $30,000 in collection legal costs, on behalf of the Kentucky-based blogger, reports the Las Vegas Sun on its Vegas INC page.

The Randazza Legal Group of Las Vegas will get the money, for representing Hoehn, if the marshals get it from Righthaven. However, the Righthaven law firm, which has already appealed the dismissal of its suit against Hoehn and the attorney's fees award to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is likely to appeal the collection effort also, the Sun article says.

It also notes that a bankruptcy filing by Righthaven is an option.

Hat tip: United Press International.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Threat Level: What’s Lower Than a Copyright Troll? A Sham Copyright Troll Licensed to Litigate"

ABAJournal.com: "As Judge Considers Righthaven Sanctions, Bloggers Who Settled Mull Options"

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