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Shirokov v. Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver - Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Dismiss

Shirokov v. Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver - Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Dismiss

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234635.1
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS__________________________________________)DMITRIY SHIROKOV, on behalf of himself)and all others similarlysituated ))Plaintiff, )v. ) Case: 1:10-cv-12043-GAO)DUNLAP, GRUBB & WEAVER, PLLC; US )COPYRIGHT GROUP; THOMAS DUNLAP; )NICHOLAS KURTZ; GUARDALEY, LIMITED; )and ACHTE/NEUNTE Boll Kino )Beteiligungs Gmbh & Co KG, ))Defendants. )__________________________________________)
MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS DUNLAP, GRUBB &WEAVER, PLLC’S, THOMAS DUNLAP’S, AND NICHOLAS KURTZ’S MOTION TODISMISS PURSUANT TO FED. R. CIV. P. 12(b)(6)
Case 1:10-cv-12043-GAO Document 5 Filed 01/25/11 Page 1 of 39
 
234635.1
ii
T
ABLE OF
C
ONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1A.S
UMMARY OF
F
ACTUAL
A
LLEGATIONS
.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11. Alleged Conduct of the Defendants.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12. The Named Plaintiff, Dmitriy Shirokov.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23. The Putative Class. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34. Claims Asserted Against Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, PLLC,Thomas Dunlap, and Nicholas Kurtz.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3II.STANDARD OF REVIEW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4III.ARGUMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6A.T
HE
P
LAINTIFF
L
ACKS
S
TANDING TO
S
UE
B
ECAUSE
H
E
H
AS
S
UFFERED
N
O
I
NJURY IN
F
ACT
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6B.C
LAIMS
W
HICH
A
RE
B
ASED ON
C
ONDUCT
I
MMUNIZED BY THE
L
ITIGATION
P
RIVILEGE
(C
OUNTS
1,2,4,5,6,8,13,16,18,20,
AND
25)M
UST BE
D
ISMISSED
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7C.C
LAIMS FOR
W
HICH
T
HERE IS
N
O
P
RIVATE
R
IGHT OF
A
CTION
F
AIL TO
S
TATE A CLAIM AND
M
UST
B
E
D
ISMISSED
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 121. There is no private right of action for alleged federalcriminal violations or conspiracy to commit suchviolations (Counts 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122.There is no private right of action for alleged state lawcriminal violations or conspiracy to commit suchviolations (Counts 2 and 3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13D.T
HE
P
LAINTIFF HAS
F
AILED TO
S
TATE A
C
LAIM FOR
R
ELIEF
U
NDER THE
C
OMPUTER
F
RAUD AND
A
BUSE
A
CT
(C
OUNT
11).................14E.C
LAIMS FOR
C
ONSPIRACY
(C
OUNTS
3,7,9,10,
AND
15)
OR
A
IDINGAND
A
BETTING
(C
OUNT
12)M
UST BE
D
ISMISSED
W
HERE THE
U
NDERLYING
T
ORT
C
LAIM IS
D
ISMISSED
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Case 1:10-cv-12043-GAO Document 5 Filed 01/25/11 Page 2 of 39
 
234635.1
iii
F.T
HE
P
LAINTIFF
H
AS
N
O
S
TANDING
T
O
B
RING
C
LAIMS
P
URSUANT TO
RICO(C
OUNTS
13,14,
AND
15)B
ECAUSE HE HAS NOT
A
LLEGED AN
I
NJURY
C
AUSED BY
R
ACKETEERING
A
CTIVITY
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17G.P
LAINTIFF
S
C
LAIM FOR
N
EGLIGENT
R
EPRESENTATIONS AND
O
MISSIONS
(C
OUNT
16)
 
F
AILS TO
S
TATE A
C
LAIM
B
ECAUSE THE
D
EFENDANT
A
TTORNEYS
O
WED
H
IM NO
D
UTY
... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19H.C
LAIMS FOR
W
HICH
T
HERE IS
N
O
R
ECOGNIZED
C
AUSE OF
A
CTION
(C
OUNTS
17,19,
AND
20)M
UST BE
D
ISMISSED
.. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211.Fraud on the Court is not a Cause of Action. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212. Neither Fraud on the Copyright Office (Count 19) nor Misuse of aCopyright (Count 19) Constitute Causes of Action.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22I.T
HE PLAINTIFF HAS NOTPLED FACTS WHICH WOULD ESTABLISHAN ABUSE OF PROCESS CLAIM
(C
OUNT
18). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23J.C
LAIMS
,
AN
E
LEMENT OF
W
HICH IS THAT THE
D
EFENDANT
O
BTAIN
M
ONEY OR
P
ROPERTY FROM THE
P
LAINTIFF
(C
OUNTS
21,22,23,
AND
24),M
UST BE
D
ISMISSED
B
ECAUSE THE
D
EFENDANT
A
TTORNEYS
R
ECEIVEDNO
M
ONEY OR
P
ROPERTY FROM THE
P
LAINTIFF
.. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .25K.T
HE
P
LAINTIFF
S
C
ONSUMER
P
ROTECTION
C
OUNT
(C
OUNT
25)F
AILS TO
S
TATE A
C
LAIM
U
NDER THE
L
AW OF
A
NY
J
URISDICTION
C
ITED
......261.The Plaintiff has Failed to State a Claim Under MassachusettsConsumer Protection Statute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . 262.The Plaintiff has Failed to State a Claim Under the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Statute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283. The Plaintiff has Failed to State a Claim Under Virginia’sConsumer Protection Statute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29L.I
F THE
C
LAIMS OF THE
N
AMED
P
LAINTIFF ARE
D
ISMISSED
,
THE
C
LASS
C
LAIMS
M
UST BE
D
ISMISSED
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30IV.CONCLUSION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Case 1:10-cv-12043-GAO Document 5 Filed 01/25/11 Page 3 of 39

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