Well, shoot. Sorry to hear about this development, Ken.
No need to feel bad for me at this time, Paul. This ruling was very much expected. Anyone following the Marvel-Jack Kirby case could understand why. While the Judge gave Archie the benefit of the doubt, his decision was based on case law precedent that had nothing whatsoever to do with the issues of the trial, and not with any issue dealing with the validity of the contract, as the article correctly states.
Typically, the NY court will generally prove a more favorable setting to publishers and film studios, whereas CA serves as a better home court for writers and artists. This aspect was examined in articles dealing with the Kirby-Marvel case as the Kirby heirs were fighting a similar battle over jurisdiction, citing a precedence for CA over NY. While the Judge gave Marvel the nod over venue, they didn't score the real victory they were seeking, getting the Kirby estate's filing for their copyrights dismissed. So while the publishers won the initial round, it remains to be seen what happens next in both cases. (Actually, the Kirby case is further along, as they're either going through or have completed depositions.)