Posts Tagged “public advocacy”

Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

by colleen lynn.

Dear Colleen Lynn,
Thank you for over four years of long hours, creativity and resourcefulness, which were all necessary to fulfill your commitment to preventing dangerous dog attacks. You have accomplished so much during this period, and the tide is beginning to turn in your favor, meaning more people are listening and paying attention to your information and how they can both protect themselves from an attack, and work in their communities to prevent attacks.
Each community is so different, with various resources, and often creative solutions to this problem. Communities with strength rise to the occasion. Communities without this strength will continue to suffer from attacks from dangerous dog attacks. We are all one in attempting to resolve these issues, and are moving forward together in a more cohesive manner, as the public understands your message.
Many blessings to you for all your heartfelt work and compassion for others.
– Susanne, Texas

More thank you letters to DogsBite.org and founder Colleen Lynn.

Righthaven Stripped of Copyrights

by colleen lynn.

Like a gunfighter with no bullets, Las Vegas copyright company Righthaven LLC no longer has any copyrights to sue over.
A federal judge in Las Vegas on Monday stripped Righthaven of whatever interests it has in its 278 federal copyright registrations as well as its trademark.
Judge Philip Pro ordered that the copyrights and trademarks be transferred to a court-appointed receiver so they can be auctioned to cover some of Righthaven’s debts. – VEGAS Inc

Righthaven has nothing left to sue over. Excellent litigating on the part of Randazza Legal Group.

Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

by colleen lynn.

Dear Colleen Lynn,
As the parents of a child who endured a disfiguring near-death mauling by a pit bull terrier, I can’t begin to express my gratitude by your founding Dogsbite.org. A lifelong dog enthusiast myself, I have also been concerned when mans best friend is bred to the extremes. That concern was realized in the nightmare our innocent 10-year old son endured — the carnage an extremely ill bred dog can bring. My interest in both animals, dogs in particular, and my love for children moved me to public protection and victims’ advocacy. I have been involved and often relied upon Dogsbite.org for guidance in the criminal and civil aspects of our ongoing ordeal that began over four years ago. Throughout this time and currently, I again rely upon you and the information collected on Dogsbite.org to compel public officials to see that this issue is not one of dog owners rights, but one that is a monolithic public health, welfare and safety threat … [Read full letter]

More thank you letters to DogsBite.org and founder Colleen Lynn.

Announcement: Amicus Brief Filing

by colleen lynn.

Pit Bull Attack Victims May Have New Hope to Recover from Landlords After Maulings
DogsBite.org files amicus brief in landmark appeals case that hopes to expand liability out to landlords when a tenant’s pit bull attacks. Personal injury attorneys may soon have a new argument in their tool chest and landlords may have new concerns.
DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims’ group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, announces amicus brief filing in Solesky v. Tracey, recently argued in the Court of Appeals of Maryland. The case involves the parents of a young boy seeking damages for injuries inflicted by a pit bull owned by a landlord’s tenant. Using a new legal theory, the plaintiff hopes to uphold that landlords may be liable when a tenant’s pit bull attacks a person.

See: Full news release
See: Amicus brief in support of plaintiff, Solesky v. Tracey
See: Oral arguments in the Court of Appeals of Maryland
(September Term 2011 / 01-09-12)

The Future of Righthaven?

by colleen lynn.

Response to questions from My Consumer Electronics regarding the future of Righthaven LLC:

“Righthaven LLC tends to mimic the ancient Phoenix rising from the ashes. It’s unclear what will result from the current and upcoming intellectual property auctions and high stakes legal maneuvers.

I would like to see the domain name (righthaven.com) contain an archive of incredibly useful and up to date information about the ongoing convergence of copyrights and the Internet, particularly pertaining to slim-funded bloggers and non-profit websites.

I’m not sure what’s next for the blog. It imagine it will take some time until Steven Gibson is disbarred. Until that day, the blog will continue to march on. Current and future Gibson-type lawyers need a strong deterrent if choosing to follow his path.

Disbarment is a sufficient deterrent.”
Colleen Lynn
Founder of Righthaven Victims

Citizenship :: Bill Moyers

by colleen lynn.

A recent speech delivered by Bill Moyers at the 40th anniversary celebration of Public Citizen:

I began my public journalism the same year you began your public advocacy, in 1971. Our paths often paralleled and sometimes crossed. Over these 40 years journalism for me has been a continuing course in adult education, and I came early on to consider the work you do as part of the curriculum – an open seminar on how government works – and for whom. Your muckraking investigations – into money and politics, corporate behavior, lobbying, regulatory oversight, public health and safety, openness in government, and consumer protection, among others – are models of accuracy and integrity. They drive home to journalists that while it is important to cover the news, it is more important to uncover the news. As one of my mentors said, “News is what people want to keep hidden; everything else is publicity.” And when a student asked the journalist and historian Richard Reeves for his definition of “real news”, he answered: “The news you and I need to keep our freedoms.” You keep reminding us how crucial that news is to democracy. And when the watchdogs of the press have fallen silent, your vigilant growls have told us something’s up.

Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

by colleen lynn.

Dear Colleen Lynn,
I’ve long wanted a website like yours to exist, and now I find that it does. And Dogsbite.org is far more comprehensive and informative than I could have imagined. It is deeply disturbing to note that many of the victims of pit bull attacks are either infants or elderly, which I didn’t realize until I discovered your web site … I’m grateful for your legislative advocacy, as well as the website. Thank you for your work, which we wholeheartedly support. – Thomas, Washington

More thank you letters to DogsBite.org and founder Colleen Lynn.