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Gartner Reply to ZL Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Gartner Reply to ZL Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

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Case No. 5:09-cv-02393-JF
DEFENDANTS GARTNER, INC. AND CAROLYN DICENZO'SREPLY IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TO DISMISS COMPLAINT
 
QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART OLIVER & HEDGES, LLPRobert P. Feldman (Bar No. 69602)bobfeldman@quinnemanuel.comJustin B. Barnard (Bar No. 21660) justinbarnard@quinnemanuel.com555 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 560Redwood Shores, California 94065Telephone: (650) 801-5000Facsimile: (650) 801-5100Attorneys for DefendantsGartner, Inc. and Carolyn DiCenzoUNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTNORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIASAN JOSE DIVISIONZL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.,Plaintiff,vs.GARTNER, INC., andCAROLYN DiCENZODefendants.CASE NO. 5:09-cv-02393-JF
DEFENDANTS GARTNER, INC. ANDCAROLYN DICENZO’S REPLY INSUPPORT OF MOTION TO DISMISS[FED. R. CIV. P. 12(b)(6)]
Date: October 23, 2009Time: 9:00 a.m.Dept.: Courtroom 3, 5
th
FloorJudge: Jeremy Fogel
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TABLE OF CONTENTSPageARGUMENT
................................................................................................................................. 1
 
I.
 
WHETHER A STATEMENT IS OPINION OR AN ASSERTION OF FACT MAYBE DECIDED ON A MOTION TO DISMISS .................................................................. 1
 
II.
 
THE PLAINTIFF REMAINS UNABLE TO IDENTIFY AN ACTIONABLEFALSE STATEMENT OF FACT ....................................................................................... 2
 
A.
 
The General Tenor of the Magic Quadrant Reports Negates the Impressionof an Assertion of Objective Facts. ......................................................................... 3
 
B.
 
The Specific Context and Content of Gartner’s Statements Similarly Negatethe Impression of an Assertion of Objective Fact. .................................................. 5
 
C.
 
Gartner’s Statements Are Not Susceptible to Being Proved True or False. ........... 7
 
III.
 
ZL’S OTHER ARGUMENTS FAIL ................................................................................ 11
 
A.
 
Out-of-Circuit Standards Cannot Change the Fact that ZL’s Lanham ActClaims Fail Under Ninth Circuit Precedent Limiting Standing toCompetitors. .......................................................................................................... 11
 
B.
 
ZL Lacks Standing to Bring California Business and Professions CodeClaims. ................................................................................................................... 12
 
C.
 
Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Reports Are Not Advertising. .................................... 13
 
D.
 
ZL Fails to Cite Any California Decisions Finding a “Special Relationship”Sufficient to Make Out a Negligent Interference Claim on Analogous Facts. ...... 13
 
IV.
 
ZL SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED LEAVE TO AMEND ............................................. 14
 
CONCLUSION
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIESPageCases
 Albrecht v. Lund 
 845 F.2d 193 (9th Cir. 1988) ................................................................................................14, 15
 Aviation Charter, Inc. v. Aviation Res. Group/US
 416 F.3d 864 (8th Cir. 2005) ....................................................................................................8, 9
 Browne v. Avvo, Inc.
 525 F. Supp. 2d 1249 (W.D. Wash. 2007) ...........................................................................2, 7, 8
Coastal Abstract Serv., Inc. v. First Am. Title Ins. Co.
 173 F.3d 725 (9th Cir. 1999) ......................................................................................................11
Compuware Corp. v. Moody’s Investors Servs., Inc.
 499 F.3d 520 (6th Cir. 2007) ..................................................................................................4, 10
 J’Aire Corp. v. Gregory
 24 Cal. 3d 799 (1979) .................................................................................................................13
 Jack Russell Terrier Network of N. Cal. v. Am. Kennel Club, Inc.
 407 F.3d 1027 (9th Cir. 2005) ....................................................................................................11
 Jefferson County School Dist. No. R-1 v. Moody’s Investor’s Servs., Inc.
 175 F.2d 848 (10th Cir. 1999) ..................................................................................................2, 9
Kahn v. Bower 
 232 Cal. App. 3d 1599 (Cal. Ct. App. 1991) ................................................................................2
Kasky v. Nike
 27 Cal. 4th 939, 961 (2002) ........................................................................................................13
Knievel v. ESPN 
 393 F.3d 1068 (9th Cir. 2005) ..............................................................................................2, 3, 4
 Nat'l Servs. Group, Inc. v. Painting & Decorating Contractors of Am., Inc.
 No. SACV06-563CJC(ANX), 2006 WL 2035465 (C.D. Cal. July 18, 2006) ...........................11
Partington v. Bugliosi
 56 F.3d 1147 (9th Cir. 1995) ..............................................................................................
 passim
 
Shersher v. Superior Court 
 154 Cal. App. 4th 1491 (Cal. Ct. App. 2007) ............................................................................12
TMJ Implants, Inc. v. Aetna, Inc.
 405 F. Supp. 2d 1242 (D. Colo. 2005) .........................................................................................9
 In re Tobacco II Cases
 46 Cal. 4th 298 (2009) ..........................................................................................................12, 13
Troyk v. Farmers Group, Inc.
 171 Cal. App. 4th 1305 (Cal. Ct. App. 2009) ............................................................................12
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