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Parisi v Sinclair: 77-Memorandum in opposition to re 60 MOTION for Summary Judgment of B&N

Parisi v Sinclair: 77-Memorandum in opposition to re 60 MOTION for Summary Judgment of B&N

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11/08/2010 77 Memorandum in opposition to re 60 MOTION for Summary Judgment of B&N filed by DANIEL PARISI, WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS INC., WHITEHOUSE NETWORK LLC, WHITEHOUSE.COM INC.. (Oparil, Richard) (Entered: 11/08/2010)
11/08/2010 77 Memorandum in opposition to re 60 MOTION for Summary Judgment of B&N filed by DANIEL PARISI, WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS INC., WHITEHOUSE NETWORK LLC, WHITEHOUSE.COM INC.. (Oparil, Richard) (Entered: 11/08/2010)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
)DANIEL PARISI,
et al.
, ))Plaintiffs, ))v. ) No. 1:10-cv-0897-RJL)LAWRENCE W. SINCLAIR a/k/a “Larry Sinclair”, )
et al.
, ))Defendants. ))
PLAINTIFFS’ OPPOSITION TO B&N’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT
Richard J. Oparil (D.C. Bar No. 409723)PATTON BOGGS LLP2550 M Street, NWWashington, DC 20037(202) 457-6000(202) 457-6315 (fax)Kevin M. BellPATTON BOGGS LLP8484 Westpark DriveMcLean, VA 22102(703) 744-8000(703) 744-8001 (fax)Dated: November 8, 2010 Attorneys for Plaintiffs
Case 1:10-cv-00897-RJL Document 77 Filed 11/08/10 Page 1 of 33
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 STATEMENT OF FACTS.............................................................................................................1ARGUMENT..................................................................................................................................6I. THE CDA DOES NOT APPLY TO SALES OF A HARDCOVER ORPAPERBACK VERSION OF SINCLAIR’S BOOK.........................................................6II. B&N IS LIABLE FOR ITS OWN ACTIONS TAKEN AFTER IT RECEIVEDPLAINTIFFS’ DRAFT COMPLAINT AND WAS SERVED WITH THECOMPLAINT...................................................................................................................11A. B&N Had Actual Knowledge Of Plaintiffs’ Claims But Continued To SellSinclair’s Book.......................................................................................................13B. Whether B&N Had Notice Of The Defamatory Nature Of Sinclair’s Book In 2009 And Yet Continued To Sell It Is A Question Of Fact..............................13III. LIABILITY BASED ON B&N’S PRODUCT DESCRIPTION THAT IT USEDTO PROMOTE AND SELL SINCLAIR’S BOOK IS NOT BARRED BY THECOMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT.........................................................................18A. There Is An Issue Of Material Fact As To Plaintiffs’ Allegation That B&NIs Responsible For The Defamatory Product Description.....................................18B. B&N Adopted The Product Description As Its Own.............................................20IV. THE CDA DOES NOT BAR PARISI’S RIGHT OF PUBLICITY AND FALSELIGHT CLAIMS..............................................................................................................23CONCLUSION.............................................................................................................................26
Case 1:10-cv-00897-RJL Document 77 Filed 11/08/10 Page 2 of 33
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
 
Cases
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,136 F.3d 1443 (11th Cir. 1998)...............................................................................................24
 Almeida v. Amazon.com, Inc.
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th
Cir. 2006)..........................................................................................11, 24
 Anthony v. Yahoo, Inc.
,421 F. Supp. 2d 1257 (N.D. Cal. 2006)...................................................................................21
 Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition
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 Atlantic Recording Corp. v. Project Playlist, Inc.
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 Batzel v. Smith
,333 F.3d 1018 (9
th
Cir. 2003)................................................................................................7, 8
 Blumenthal v. Drudge
,992 F.Supp. 44 (D.D.C. 1998)...............................................................................................7, 9
 Brandewyne v. Author Solutions, Inc.
,Mem. Decision, Case No. 04-CV-4363 (18th
 
Judicial Dist. Ct., Kansas Aug. 3, 2006).........17
Church of Scientology. v. Minnesota State Med. Ass’n
,264 N.W.2d 152 (Minn. 1978)...........................................................................................13, 16
Comedy III Prods., Inc. v. Gary Saderup, Inc.
,25 Cal.4th 387, 106 Cal. Rptr. 2d 126 (2001)..........................................................................24
Curran v. Amazon.com, Inc
.,2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12479 (S.D. W. Va. Feb. 19, 2008).............................................11, 15
 Doe v. Friendfinder Network, Inc.
,540 F. Supp. 2d 288 (D.N.H. 2008).............................................................................23, 24, 25
 Donato v. Moldow
,374 N.J. Super. 475 (App. Div. 2005).....................................................................................21
 Dworkin v. Hustler Magazine, Inc.
,611 F. Supp. 781 (D. Wyo. 1985)............................................................................................12
 ETW Corp. v. Jireh Publ’g, Inc.
,332 F.3d 915 (6th Cir. 2003)...................................................................................................24
Case 1:10-cv-00897-RJL Document 77 Filed 11/08/10 Page 3 of 33

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