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Modern Family

Modern Family

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Jeffery
D.Mcf'urland(BarNo.157628)
jen'ncfarJand@qulnnemanuel.com
ColinB.
Vandell
(BurNo.240653)
co1invandc1!@quinncmanuel_c·om
865SouthFigueroaStreet,10
1h
Floor
LosAngeles,
California
90017·2543
Telephone:(213)443-3000
Facsimile:(213)443-3100
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CASE
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DECLARATORY
RELIEF
...
.
Attorneysfur
Sofia
V
ergara,Sofia
Vergara
Enterprises,lnc.,JesseTylerFerguson,Capeand
Helmet,
lnc.,
Eric
Stonestreet,
Eric
Stonestreet,
Inc.,JulieBowen,ApparentlySo,lnc.,
Ty
Burrell,andDesertWhaleProductions,Inc.
SOFIA
VERGARA,SOFIAVERGARA
ENTERPR1SES,INC.,JESSE
TYLUR
FERGUSON,CAPE'ANDHELMET,INC.,.t:RICSTONESTREET,ERICSTONESTREET,INC.,JULIE
BOWEN,
i\PPARRNTLYSQ,INC.,TYBURRELL,
AKDDhSHRT
WHALE
PRODUCTIO}';S,INC.,
PlaintiITs,
vs.
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TWENTIETHCENTURYFOX21INTERNATIONAL
TELEVISION,
INC.,
DBATWFNTJETHCENTURYFOX
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lELEVI$ION,
j\
UNIT
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Defendant.2425
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COMI"LA1NTfORDCCLAR.ATORYHEUEF
 
PlaintiffsSofiaVergaraand
Solid
VergaraEnterprises,Inc.,JesseTylerfergusonand2CapeandHelmet,lnc.,EricStonestreetandEricStonestreet,lnc.,JulieBowenandApparently3So:lnc.•and
Ty
BurrellandDesertWhaleProductions,Inc.(collectively"Plaintiffs"),allegeas
4follows:
5
THErARTIES
1.
PlaintiffSofiaVergarais
an
individualresidi
ng
inLosAngeles,California;an7actress:andthePresidentofSofiaVcrgaraEnterprises,Inc.,whichisalenderofMs.Vergara's
9
1.
PlaintiffSofia
VergaraEnterprises,
Inc.
is
a
corporationorganized
and
existing10underthelawsoftheStateofFlorida,andisandwasatalltimesmentionedhereinqualifiedtodo
11
businessinCalifornia.
12
J.
PlaintiffJesseTylerFergusonisanindividualresidinginLosAngeles,Cal
ifornia;
13anactor:andthePresident
or
CapeandHelmet)Inc.,whichisalenderof~'''''1
,
Ferguson'sservices.
14
4.
PlaintiffCapeandHelmet,Inc.isacorporationorganizedandexistingunderthe15lawsoftheStateofCalifornia,andisandwasatalltimesmentionedhereinqualifiedtodo
16
business
i
11
California.
17
5_
Plaintiff
EricStonestreetlsanindividualresidinginLosAngeles,California;an18actor:andthePresident
or
EricStonestreet,Inc.which
IS
(I
lenderofMr.Stonestreet'sservices.
19
6.
PlaimiffEricStonestreet,Inc.isacorporationorganizedandexistingunderthe20laws
or
theStateof
Illinois,
and
IS
andwasatalllimesmentionedherein
qualified
todobusiness
21
in
California.
22
7_
PlaintiffJulie
BowenisanindividualresidinginLosAngeles,California;an
23actress;andthe
President
of
Apparently
So,
Inc.,
which
is
alender
or
Ms.Gowen'sservices,
24
s.
Plainti
IT
Apparently
So,Inc.isa
corporation
organizedandexistingunderthelaws25
or
theStateofCalifornia,andisandwasatalltimesmentionedhereinqual
i
fied
todobusinessin
26California,
27Plaintiff'Ty
Burrell
isanindividualresidinginLosAngeles,California;anactor;.28and
the
PresidentofDesertWhaleProductions;Inc.,whichisalender
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:'vIr.Burrell'sservices.
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DECLARATORY
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SinceitsdebutonAllCinthefallof2009,
ModernFamily
hasbeenoneofthe10_PlaintiffDesertWhaleProductions,Inc.isacorporationorganizedandex[sting2underthelawsoftheStateofDelaware,andisandwasatall
limes
mentioned
herein
qualificdto3dobusinessinCalifornia.
11.
DefendantTwentieth
CenturyFoxlnternational
Television:
Inc)
doingbusinessas5TwentiethCenturyfoxTelevision("Fox"),isaunitofTwentiethCentury
tOX
filmCorp.,witha6principalplaceofbusinessat10201Wcs:PicoBoulevard,LosAngeles,California90035.
7
GENERAL
ALLEGA
nONS
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9mostsuccessfulshowsontelevision.Ascriptedcomedyaboutthreeinterrelatedfamilies,it10becamethetop-ratednewsitcomonbroadcasttelevisionin2009,andinthesubsequenttwo11seasonshasbeenthethird-ratedsitcomonbroadcasttelevision:
ModernFamily
alsohas
WOll
a12bevyofawards,includingtheErnmyAwardforOutstandingComedy
Series
in2010and2011;14
13
nominations(themostofanysitcom)for
theupcoming2012EmmyAwards,including
14OutstandingComedySeries;theGoldenGlobeAwardforBestTelevisionSeries-Musicalor15Comedyin2012;
and
PeabodyAwardsforbeingoneoftheTop10TelevisionProgramsfrom162009through2011.
17
13.
ModernFamily
isthemodelofanensemblecomedy.Theseriesrevolvesaround18threefamiliesinterconnectedthrough
Jay
Pritchett(EdO'Neill)amihischildren,Claire
Dunphy
19(Juliel3owen)andMitchellPritchett
(Jesse
TylerFerguson).Jayismarriedtoamuchyounger20woman-his.second
wife.
Gloria(Sofia
Vergara)-
andliveswiththeverypassionateGloriaand21hersonManny.Claire
i.s
adiligenthomemakermothermarried
10
PhilDunphy
(Ty
Burrell),
a22realestateagentalwaysaimingtobea"cool
dad"
10
hisandClaire'sthreechildren.Finally,23Mitchellisaseriousandworrying
attorney
who,withhis
longtime
(andfarmorecarefree)partner24CameronTucker(ErieStonestreet),hasadoptedaVietnamesebaby,Lily.
25
ModernFamily
hasbeenabreakoutcriticalandfinancial
success,
That
SUC(;CSS,
26however:hasbeenbuiItuponacollectionofillegalcontracts:The
ModernFamily
cast's
27employmentagreementswith
TwentiethCenturyFoxTelevision("Fox"),
theproduction
company
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