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This American Life Complaint

This American Life Complaint

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PLAINTIFFS,JUDGE
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Plaintiffs,ChicagoPublicMedia,Inc.("CPM"),andIraGlass("Glass"),bytheirattorneys,WilliamsMullen,complainofDefendantImmersonal,Inc.("Immersonal"),asfollows:
NatureoftheAction
1.Thisactionisfor(a)federaltrademarkinfringementundertheLanhamAct,(b)federalunfaircompetitionundertheLanhamAct,(c)federaltrademarkdilutionundertheLanhamAct,(d)violationoftheVirginiaConsumerProtectionActof1977;and(e)commonlawfraudandunfaircompetitionbasedonImmersonal'sknowingandunlawfulusageofPlaintiffs'nationallyknownandfederallyregisteredtrademarksrelatedtothecritically-acclaimedThisAmericanLifeentertainmentprogram.
Parties,JurisdictionandVenue
2.PlaintiffCPMisanIllinoisnot-for-profitcorporationhavingaprincipalplaceofbusinessat848EastGrandAvenueNavyPier,Chicago,IL60611.Since1990,CPMhasownedandoperatedoneofthenation'slargestpublicradiostations,broadcastingundertheFCCCallLetters"WBEZ"on91.5FM.WBEZpresentlymaintainsanaudienceofalmostahalfmillion
 
listenerseachweek.3.PlaintiffGlassisanindividualresidinginNewYork,NewYork.Sinceapproximately1996,PlaintiffGlasshasbeenproducing,airing,promotinganddistributingthroughCPMandotherpublicradiostationsthe"ThisAmericanLife"audioprogram.4.ImmersonalisaDelawarecorporationhavingaprincipalplaceofbusinessat8300BooneBoulevard,Vienna,Virginia.Irnmersonalisaconsumersoftwareandtechnologyservicescompanydevelopingsoftwareapplications.IrnmersonalalsoprovidesentertainmentservicesthroughtheproductionanddistributionoftheThisAmericanStartupaudioprogram.5.ImmersonalissubjecttothepersonaljurisdictionofthisCourtbecauseitisdoingbusinessinthisstateand
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committedatortiousactwithinthisstatethatisthesubjectofthisaction.6.ThisCourthassubjectmatterjurisdictionoverPlaintiffs'federalclaimspursuantto15U.S.C.§1121and28U.S.C.§§1331and1338.ThisCourthassupplementaljurisdictionoverPlaintiffs'statelawclaimsunder28U.S.C.§1367.7.VenueisproperintheEasternDistrictofVirginiapursuantto28U.S.C.§1391becausetheinjury,Defendant'sprincipalplaceofbusinessisinthisDistrictandasubstantialpartoftheeventsgivingrisetotheclaimsoccurredinthisDistrict.
Plaintiffs'Critically-AcclaimedEntertainmentProgram
8.InNovember1995,WBEZbeganairingaradioprogramhostedbyIraGlassentitled"YourRadioPlayhouse."Thisprogramwasrenamed"ThisAmericanLife"inMarch1996.TheThisAmericanLifeprogramcapturescontemporaryAmericanculturethroughanhourofstoriesthatrangefromfictiontononfictionandincludeoriginalmonologues,mini-dramas,documentaries,musicandinterviews.
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9.Sincethattime,theThisAmericanLifeprogramhasdevelopedintooneofthemostcritically-acclaimedprogramsinallofradio.TheThisAmericanLifeprogramhasreceivedanumberofmajorbroadcastingawards,includingthreePeabodyAwardsfordistinguishedachievementandmeritoriousserviceandthreeduPont-ColumbiaAwardsforexcellenceinbroadcastnews.10.TheThisAmericanLifeprogramissyndicatedthroughPublicRadioInternationaltonearly500publicradiostationsacrossthecountry.TheradiobroadcastsoftheThisAmericanLifeprogramreachover1.8millionpeople.11.TheThisAmericanLifeprogramisalsodistributedovertheinternet.ThepodcastversionoftheThisAmericanLifeprogramisdownloadedapproximately700,000timesperweek,makingitthemostpopularpodcastintheUnitedStatesmostweeks.12.From2006-2008,CPMandGlasscreatedatelevisedversionoftheThisAmericanLifeprogramthatwasdistributedontheShowtimenetwork.ThetelevisedversionoftheThisAmericanLifeprogramwonthreeEmmys.13.Aboutahalf-dozenstoriesfromtheThisAmericanLifeprogramarebeingdevelopedintofeature-lengthfilms.
Plaintiffs'Marks
14.SinceatleastasearlyasMay1996,theservicemarkTHISAMERICANLIFEhasbeencontinuouslyusedbyPlaintiffsinUnitedStatescommerceinconnectionwithentertainmentservices,includinganaudioprogram.15.PlaintiffsarethejointownersofthefollowingUnitedStatesTrademarkRegistrations,whicharevalidandsubsistingonthePrincipalRegisteroftheUnitedStatesPatentandTrademarkOffice:
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