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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTEASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK -----------------------------------------------------------XLINDSAY LOHAN,Plaintiff,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER 
11 CV 5413 (DRH) (ARL)- against -ARMANDO CHRISTIAN PEREZ also known asPitbull, SHAFFER CHIMERE SMITH, JR.also known as Ne-Yo, NICK VAN DE WALLalso known as Afrojack, J. RECORDS, SONYMUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, SONY MUSICHOLDINGS INC., RCA MUSIC GROUP,POLO GROUNDS MUSIC, POLO GROUNDSMUSIC PUBLISHING, INC., POLO GROUNDSMUSIC, INC., MR. 305, INC., MR. 305ENTERPRISES, INC., JOE JOHN, andJANE JOHN, 1 THROUGH X,Defendants.-----------------------------------------------------------X
APPEARANCES:Attorneys for Plaintiff STEPHANIE G. OVADIA, ESQ.
2160 Hempstead TurnpikeEast Meadow, New York 11554By:Stephanie G. Ovadia, Esq.
Attorneys for DefendantsMCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY LLP
333 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 4500Miami, Florida 33131By:Audrey M. Pumariega, Esq. (
 Pro Hac Vice
)Marcos Daniel Jimenez, Esq.
KASOWITZ BENSON TORRES & FRIEDMAN LLP
1633 Broadway New York, New York 10019By:Sarah Gibbs Leivick, Esq.
Case 2:11-cv-05413-DRH-ARL Document 51 Filed 02/21/13 Page 1 of 23 PageID #: 836
 
Attorneys for Respondent Stephanie G. Ovadia, Esq.KRINKSY, PLLC
233 Broadway, Suite 707 New York, New York 10279By:Pery D. Krinsky, Esq.
For Respondent Anand Ahuja, Esq.ANAND AHUJA, ESQ., Pro Se
101-70 Lefferts Boulevard, Suite #2Richmond Hill, New York 11419 
HURLEY, Senior District Judge:
Plaintiff Lindsay Lohan (“plaintiff”) commenced this action against defendants ArmandoChristian Perez (a/k/a Pitbull) (“Perez”), Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr. (a/k/a Ne-Yo) (“Smith”), Nick Van de Wall (a/k/a Afrojack) (“Van de Wall”), J. Records, Sony Music Entertainment,Sony Music Holdings Inc., RCA Music Group, Polo Grounds Music, Polo Grounds MusicPublishing, Inc., Polo Grounds Music, Inc., Mr. 305, Inc., Mr. 305 Enterprises, Inc., Joe John,and Jane John, 1 through X (collectively, “defendants”), asserting that defendants violatedSections 50 and 51 of the New York Civil Rights Law by using plaintiff’s “name,characterization, and personality for advertising purposes, and for purposes of trade andcommercial benefits” without her consent. (Compl. ¶ 24.) Plaintiff has also asserted claims for unjust enrichment and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and seeks monetary andinjunctive relief.Presently before the Court is defendants’ motion, made pursuant to Federal Rule of CivilProcedure (“Rule”) 12(b)(6), seeking dismissal of the Complaint for failure to state a claim.2
Case 2:11-cv-05413-DRH-ARL Document 51 Filed 02/21/13 Page 2 of 23 PageID #: 837
 
After that motion was fully briefed and filed, defendants filed a separate motion seekingsanctions against plaintiff and her counsel, Stephanie G. Ovadia, Esq. and Anand Ahuja, Esq.,for “asserting and continuing to advocate frivolous claims in bad faith and committing extensive plagiarism in [the] Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Defendants’ Motion [to] Dismiss theComplaint.” (Defs.’ Apr. 4, 2012 Letter at 1.) For the reasons set forth below, defendants’motion to dismiss the Complaint is granted and defendants’ motion for sanctions is granted in part and denied in part.
 BACKGROUND
The following facts are drawn from the Complaint and are presumed true for purposes of these motions.
The Parties
Plaintiff was at all relevant times “a professional actor of good repute and standing in theScreen Actors Guild.” (Compl. ¶ 2.) Defendants Perez, Smith, and Van de Wall each “served inthe capacity of creator, writer, lyric writer, artist, and singer of the song ‘Give Me Everything’”(the “Song”). (
 Id.
¶¶ 3-5.) Defendant J. Records is an American record label owned andoperated by defendants Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Music Holdings Inc., (
id.
¶ 6),which are owned, in turn, by defendant RCA Music Group (
id.
¶ 9). Defendant Polo GroundsMusic is a “record label [and] a hip hop and full service entertainment company” that is ownedand registered as a corporation under the names Polo Grounds Music Publishing, Inc. and PoloGrounds Music, Inc. (
 Id.
¶ 11.) Defendant Mr. 305 is a record label registered under the nameMr. 305 Enterprises, Inc. (
 Id.
¶ 13.) Each of these defendants was allegedly “engaged, directlyor indirectly in the creation, publishing, management, marketing, and promotions” of the Song.3
Case 2:11-cv-05413-DRH-ARL Document 51 Filed 02/21/13 Page 3 of 23 PageID #: 838

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