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Hoang's Motion for Partial SJ

Hoang's Motion for Partial SJ

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Published by: Venkat Balasubramani on Dec 18, 2012
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MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF PL MTNFOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT
 
N
EWMAN
D
U
W
ORS
LLP
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 1600Seattle, Washington 98101(206) 274-2800
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTWESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
HUONG HOANG, an individual,Plaintiff,vs.AMAZON.COM, INC., a Delawarecorporation, and IMDB.COM, INC., aDelaware corporation,Defendants.NO. 11-cv-01709-MJP
PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FORPARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT
 NOTE ON MOTION CALENDAR:January 4, 2013ORAL ARGUMENT REQUESTED
Case 2:11-cv-01709-MJP Document 109 Filed 12/10/12 Page 1 of 25
 
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MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF PL MTNFOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT - i
 
N
EWMAN
D
U
W
ORS
LLP
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 1600Seattle, Washington 98101(206) 274-2800
TABLE OF CONTENTSI.
 
INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................. 1
 
II.
 
FACTS ..................................................................................................................... 1
 
A.
 
Junie Hoang is an actress who routinely plays roles younger than heractual age. ...................................................................................................... 1
 
B.
 
Age discrimination is normal in Hollywood. ................................................ 2
 
C.
 
When IMDb discloses a birth date, Hollywood knows it. ............................ 3
 
D.
 
Hoang submitted personal information to IMDb because it promised tokeep her information secret. .......................................................................... 4
 
E.
 
IMDb used Hoang’s confidential and personal information to researchand publish her birth date without asking Hoang’s permission, and thendenied these facts to this Court. .................................................................... 6
 
F.
 
IMDb damaged Hoang when it released her age. ......................................... 7
 
G.
 
Hoang is not IMDb’s only victim. ................................................................ 8
 
H.
 
Amazon.com is intimately involved in IMDb’s malfeasance. ...................... 9
 
III.
 
DISCUSSION .......................................................................................................... 9
 
A.
 
The Court should grant summary judgment on Hoang’s contract claimbecause the facts are undisputed that IMDb agreed not to use Hoang’sconfidential information, but did so in violation of its agreement. ............. 10
 
1.
 
The Agreement is a valid contract. .................................................. 10
 
2.
 
IMDb breached its duty not to disclose Hoang’s personalinformation. ...................................................................................... 10
 
a.
 
IMDb breached its duty by providing Hoang’s personalinformation to PrivateEye.com. ............................................ 10
 
b.
 
IMDb breached its duty not to disclose Hoang’s date of birth to the public. ................................................................. 12
 
3.
 
IMDb’s breaches damaged Hoang’s career and caused heremotional distress. ............................................................................ 13
 
B.
 
IMDb violated Washington’s Consumer Protection Act by deceptivelyobtaining information from Hoang and unfairly displaying it to thepublic. .......................................................................................................... 14
 
1.
 
IMDb’s actions are both unfair and deceptive. ................................ 15
 
a.
 
IMDb’s promise to keep Hoang’s information private wasdeceptive. .............................................................................. 15
 
Case 2:11-cv-01709-MJP Document 109 Filed 12/10/12 Page 2 of 25
 
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MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF PL MTNFOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT - ii
 
N
EWMAN
D
U
W
ORS
LLP
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 1600Seattle, Washington 98101(206) 274-2800
b.
 
Using Hoang’s personal information to reveal Hoang’sbirth date is unfair. ................................................................ 16
 
2.
 
The unfair and deceptive acts occurred in trade or commerce......... 17
 
3.
 
IMDb’s unfair and deceptive acts affect the public interest. ........... 17
 
4.
 
IMDb’s unfair and deceptive acts caused Hoang injury. ................. 18
 
C.
 
Amazon.com is liable for IMDb’s misdeeds. .............................................. 18
 
D.
 
This Court should find for Hoang on liability, enter injunctive relief, andallow a jury to decide the amount of damages. ........................................... 19
 
IV.
 
CONCLUSION ..................................................................................................... 20
 
Case 2:11-cv-01709-MJP Document 109 Filed 12/10/12 Page 3 of 25

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