Court orders law firm's assets seized

Nov. 2, 2011 at 7:50 PM
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LAS VEGAS, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Las Vegas has ordered authorities to seize more than $64,000 from a law firm that has failed to pay up on a case it lost, court papers say.

U.S. District Judge Philip Pro dismissed Righthaven LLC's copyright infringement case against Wayne Hoehn this summer and ordered the firm to compensate Hoehn for his legal fees, which came to slightly over 34,000, the Las Vegas Sun reported Wednesday.

Righthaven specializes in copyright law. Specifically, it has filed 275 lawsuits since March in a campaign against Web sites that might be posting content that belongs to the Las Vegas Review-Journal or The Denver Post without authorization.

Hoehn's attorneys argued the lawsuit infringed upon his rights to free speech. Righthaven had argued Hoehn had posted a Review-Journal story online without permission to do so, the Sun reported.

But the law firm refused to pay and now owes about $30,000 in fees that have accumulated since the lawsuit was completed, the Sun said.

In turn, Righthaven said it could go bankrupt if it pays the $64,000.

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