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Bauer

Bauer

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 ANSWER
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865 S. FIGUEROA ST, SUITE 2400LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90017-2566(213) 633-6800Fax: (213) 633-6899
DAVIS WRIGHT TREMAINE LLPALONZO WICKERS IV (State Bar No. 169454)alonzowickers@dwt.com865 South Figueroa Street, 24th FloorLos Angeles, California 90017-2566Telephone: (213) 633-6800/Fax: (213) 633-6899DAVIS WRIGHT TREMAINE LLPELIZABETH A. McNAMARA (
Of Counsel
)lizmcnamara@dwt.comDEBORAH A. ADLER (
Of Counsel
)deborahadler@dwt.com1633 Broadway, 27th FloorNew York, New York 10019Telephone: (212) 489-8230/Fax: (212) 489-8340Attorneys for DefendantsBAUER PUBLISHING COMPANY, L.P., BAUER MAGAZINEL.P., BAUER MEDIA GROUP, INC., BAUER, INC., andHEINRICH BAUER NORTH AMERICA, INC.UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTCENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIATOM CRUISE,Plaintiff,vs.BAUER PUBLISHING COMPANY, L.P.BAUER MAGAZINE L.P., BAUER MEDIAGROUP, INC., BAUER, INC., HEINRICHBAUER NORTH AMERICA, INC., andDOES 1-10, inclusive,Defendants.)))))))))))))Case No.
CV 12-09124 (DDP) (JCX)
 
THE BAUER DEFENDANTS’ ANSWERTO COMPLAINT
As and for their answer to the complaint of plaintiff Tom Cruise (“Cruise” or“Plaintiff”), defendants Bauer Publishing Company, L.P., Bauer Magazine L.P.,Bauer Media Group, Inc., Bauer Inc., Heinrich Bauer North America, Inc.(collectively, the “Bauer Defendants”),
 
while not conceding they were each properlynamed as defendants or were involved in the publications at issue in this action,allege as follows:
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Introduction
1.
 
To the extent the allegations of paragraph 1 of the complaint are deemedto be allegations of law, the Bauer Defendants are not required to plead thereto; tothe extent the allegations of the said paragraph are deemed to be allegations of fact,Bauer Publishing Company L.P. and Bauer Magazine L.P. admit that they are therespective publishers of magazines
 Life & Style Weekly
and
 In Touch Weekly
and theBauer Defendants otherwise deny each and every remaining allegation set forth inparagraph 1 of the complaint.
Allegations regarding Jurisdiction and Venue
2.
 
To the extent the allegations of paragraph 2 of the complaint are deemedto be allegations of law, the Bauer Defendants are not required to plead thereto. Tothe extent such allegations are deemed to be allegations of fact, the Bauer Defendantsdo not dispute that this Court has subject matter jurisdiction over this action.3.
 
To the extent the allegations of paragraph 3 of the complaint are deemedto be allegations of law, the Bauer Defendants are not required to plead thereto. Tothe extent such allegations are deemed to be allegations of fact, the Bauer Defendantsdeny that plaintiff has suffered any harm and do not dispute that venue is proper.
 
Allegations regarding the Parties
4.
 
Admit the allegations set forth in paragraph 4 of the complaint, exceptdeny knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth or falsity of the allegations concerning plaintiff’s principle place of residence.5.
 
Admit the allegations set forth in paragraph 5 of the complaint.
6.
 
Admit the allegations set forth in paragraph 6 of the complaint.
7.
 
Admit the allegations set forth in paragraph 7 of the complaint.
8.
 
Admit the allegations set forth in paragraph 8 of the complaint.
9.
 
Deny that Heinrich Bauer North America, Inc.’s principal place of business is New York and otherwise admit the allegations set forth in paragraph 9 of the complaint.
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10.
 
To the extent the allegations of paragraph 10 of the complaint aredeemed to be allegations of law, the Bauer Defendants are not required to pleadthereto; to the extent the allegations of the said paragraph are deemed to beallegations of fact, the Bauer Defendants deny knowledge or information sufficient toform a belief as to the identities of the JOHN DOES and deny the remainder of theaforesaid paragraph.11.
 
To the extent the allegations of paragraph 11 of the complaint aredeemed to be allegations of law, the Bauer Defendants are not required to pleadthereto; to the extent the allegations of the said paragraph are deemed to beallegations of fact, the Bauer Defendants deny each and every allegation thereof.12.
 
Admit that Bauer Publishing Company L.P. and Bauer Magazine L.P.are the respective publishers of magazines
 Life & Style Weekly
and
 In Touch Weekly
,which are distributed in print internationally, and admit that the covers of 
 Life &Style Weekly
and
 In Touch Weekly
were published on the magazines’ respectivewebsites, and that the Bauer Defendants sell more magazines at retail in the UnitedStates than any other magazine publishing company, and otherwise deny each andevery allegation set forth in paragraph 12 of the complaint.13.
 
Admit that the Bauer Defendants sell magazines in supermarkets andother stores and outlets throughout the country, and otherwise deny each and everyallegation set forth in paragraph 13 of the complaint.
FIRST CLAIM FOR RELIEFAllegations of Defamation(Against All Defendants)
 14.
 
Repeat and reallege the responses set forth in paragraphs 1 through 13set forth above as if fully set forth herein.15.
 
Deny knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truthor falsity of the allegations set forth in paragraph 15 of the complaint, except admiton information and belief that plaintiff has one child, Suri, with actress Katie
Case 2:12-cv-09124-DDP-JC Document 7 Filed 12/14/12 Page 3 of 14 Page ID #:45

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