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Appellant's Opening Brief

Appellant's Opening Brief

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Case No. 13-55545 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
 __________________________________________________________
 National Conference of Personal Managers, Inc.
Plaintiff-Appellant
vs. Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
et al 
 
Defendants
 – 
Appellees  __________________________________________________________ Appeal from United States District Court, Southern District of California District Court Case Number CV 12-09620 The Honorable Dean D. Pregerson, Judge, Presiding  __________________________________________________________
APPELLANT’S OPENING BRIEF
 
 __________________________________________________________
STEPHEN F. ROHDE (SBN 51446) RYAN H. FOWLER (SBN 227729) ROHDE & VICTOROFF CHRISTOPHER B. GOOD (SBN 232722) 1880 Century Park East, Suite 411 FRANK W. FERGUSON, II (SBN 211694) Los Angeles, CA 90067 FOWLER & GOOD LLP Tel: (310) 277-1482 15303 Ventura Boulevard, 9
th
 Floor Fax: (310) 277-1485 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 Tel: (818) 302-3480 Fax: (818) 279-2436
Attorneys for Appellant National Conference of Personal Managers, Inc.
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CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Pursuant to Rule 26.1 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Appellant is a Nevada based private not-for-profit corporation, with no subsidiaries or affiliates that has issued shares to the public.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. STATEMENT OF JURISDICTION ...................................................................... 1 II. STATEMENT OF ISSUES PRESENTED FOR REVIEW ................................. 2 III. STATEMENT OF THE CASE ............................................................................ 2 IV. PROCEDURAL HISTORY ................................................................................ 3 V. STATEMENT OF FACTS AND SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT ..................... 4 VI. SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ........................................................................... 7 VII. THE DISTRICT COURT ABUSED ITS DISCRETION BY DENYING LEAVE TO AMEND................................................................................................. 9 VIII. STANDARD OF REVIEW ............................................................................12 IX. ARGUMENT .....................................................................................................13 A. THE DISTRICT COURT ERRED IN FINDING THE TAA IS NOT UNCONSTITUTIONALLY VAGUE..................................................................13 1. The TAA Is Unclear As To What Activities It Regulates ..........................13 2. The TAA Lacks Clarity As To Who Is Regulated ......................................15 3 The Ambiguity of the TAA Has Resulted In Conflicting And Arbitrary Determinations by the Commissioner ...............................................................20 4
The TAA As Applied Exceeds Commissioner’s Statutory Authority
 .........24 5. The Commissioner Selective Enforcement of the TAA Violates The Equal Protection Clause Of The Fourteenth Amendment ...........................................26 B. THE DISTRICT COURT ERRED IN FINDING PLAINTIFF HAS NOT STATED A CLAIM FOR INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE ...............................27
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