The opinion of the court was delivered by: Roger L. Hunt Chief United States District Judge
Motion for Reconsideration--#78
Before the Court is Righthaven LLC's Motion for Reconsideration of March 9, 2011 Order Granting Defendants' Motion for Leave to File Supplemental Memorandum or, Alternatively, Application for Briefing Schedule to Address Supplemental Brief (#78, filed March 9, 2011), and Counter-Defendant Stephens Media LLC's Joinder to the Motion (#81, also filed March 9, 2011).
The bases for reconsideration are (1) that Plaintiff Righthaven and Counter-Defendant Stephens Media did not have an opportunity to respond to the motion, and (2) that movants are piqued that Defendant Democratic Underground refuses to let Righthaven dismiss its claims and refuses to dismiss Defendant's counterclaims. If the second reason was the basis for the opposition the parties would have presented had they been given an opportunity to oppose the motion, neither basis has merit. The Supplemental Memorandum goes to the very heart of this litigation.
Righthaven and Stephens Media have attempted to create a cottage industry of filing copyright claims, making large claims for damages and then settling claims for pennies on the dollar, with defendants who do not want to incur the costs of defending the lawsuits, are now offended when someone has turned the tables on them and insisting on a judgment in their favor rather than a simple dismissal of the lawsuit.
The Court makes the determination of what is material to the resolution of this matter, and what it will entertain. It is not obligated to take the movants' word that the contents of the supplemental memorandum does not or will not make a difference.
Because the information and arguments made in the Supplement Memorandum are significant, the Court will permit Righthaven and Stephens Media to respond and Democratic Underground to reply to their response.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Righthaven LLC's Motion for Reconsideration of March 9, 2011 Order Granting Defendants' Motion for Leave to File Supplemental Memorandum or, Alternatively, Application for Briefing Schedule to Address Supplemental Brief (#78), together with Counter-Defendant Stephens Media LLC's Joinder to the Motion (#81) are DENIED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Righthaven and Stephens Media shall file any response to the Supplemental Memorandum no later than May 8, 2011, and Democratic Underground and David Allen shall file any reply thereto no later than May 20, 2011. Any Response or Reply shall be limited to ten (10) pages, and no request for extensions of time or to exceed page limits will be entertained.
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