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Bosh Complaint

Bosh Complaint

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C.Anthony
Mulrain,prohacvice
pendingemailamulraineagordonrees.comGORDON
&
RbESLLPThePinnacleBuilding,5thFloorAtlanta,Georgia30326tel(404)869-9054/fax(678)389-8475RichardP.Sybert,CABarNo.80731emailrsybert(a).gordonrees.comYuo-FongC.Amato,CABarNo.261453emailbamato(a).gordonrees.comGORDON
&
lffiESLLP101W.Broadway,Suite1600SanDiego,California92101tel(619)696-6700/fax(619)696-7124AttorneysforPlaintiffCHRISTOPHERW.BOSH
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ORIGINAL
UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTCENTRALDISTRICTOFCALIFORNIACHRISTOPHERW.BOSH,anindividual,Plaintiff,vs.SHEDNIEDIAUSINC.,aDelawarecorporation;andALLISONM.MATHIS,anmdividual;andDOES1through10,inclusive,Defendants.
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COMPLAINTFOR:(1)TrademarkInfringement[15U.S.C.
§
1125(a)];(2)TrademarkDilution[15U.S.C.
§
1125(c)];(3)FalseAdvertising[15U.S.C.
§
1125(a)];(4)FalseEndorsement[15U.S.C.
§
1125(a)];(5)CaliforniaCommonLawMisappropriationofLikenessandRightofPublicity;(6)MisappropriationofLikenessandRightofPublicity[Cal.Civ.Code
§
3344];(7)Conversion;(8)Intrusion;(9)PublicDisclosureofPrivateFacts;(10)UnfairCompetition~Cal.Bus.
&
Prof.Code17200];(11)UnjustEnrichment.
COMPLAINT
AND
DEMANDFORJURYTRIAL
 
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PlaintiffCHRISTOPHERW.BOSH("Plaintiff'or"Bosh")forhis
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Complaintallegesasfollows:
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NATUREOFTHEACTION
2.3.PlaintiffisaresidentofDallasCounty,StateofTexas.Oninformationandbelief,DefendantSHEDMEDIAisaDelaware
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1.PlaintiffseeksdamagesandaninjunctiontopreventDefendants
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SHEDMEDIAUSINC.("SHEDMEDIA"),ALLISONM.MATHIS
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("MATHIS"),andDOES1through10,inclusive(collectively,"Defendants")from
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infringinganddilutingPlaintiffstrademarks,disseminatingfalseadvertisingin
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commerce,misappropriatingPlaintiffsnameand/orlikeness,violatingPlaintiffs
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rightofpublicity,falselyclaimingendorsementbyPlaintiff,convertingPlaintiffs
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liferights;intrudingintoPlaintiffsprivateaffairs;publiclydisclosingPlaintiffs
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privatefacts;engaginginunfaircompetitionpractices;andunjustlyenriching
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themselvesatPlaintiffsexpense.
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PARTIES
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15
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corporationwithitsprincipalplaceofbusinessat3800BarhamBoulevard,Suite
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410,LosAngeles,California90068.
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4.Oninformationandbelief,DefendantMATHISisaresidentof
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OrangeCounty,StateofFlorida.
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5.Plaintiffisignorantofthetruenamesandcapacitiesofdefendants
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suedhereinasDOES1through10,inclusive,andthereforesuesthesedefendants
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bysuchfictitiousnames.PlaintiffwillamendthisComplainttoallegetheirtrue
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namesandcapacitieswhenthesamehavebeenascertained.
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6.Plaintiffisinformedandbelieves,andonthatbasisalleges,thatatall
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timesmentionedherein,eachDefendantwastheagentofitsco-defendants,andin
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doingtheactsallegedhereinwasactingwithinthecourseandscopeofsuch
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agency,and/oraided,abetted,cooperatedwith,and/orconspiredwithoneanother
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todotheactsallegedherein.
COMPLAINTANDDEMANDFORJURYTRIAL
 
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COMPLAINTANDDEMANDFORJURYTRIAL
JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
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7.Jurisdictionoftheseclaimsariseunderthetrademarklawsofthe
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UnitedStatesassetforthintheLanhamAct,15U.S.C.§1051
etseq.
ThisCourt
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hassubjectmatterjurisdictionoverthisactionpursuantto28U.S.C.§1331
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(federalquestion),28U.S.C.§1332(diversity),and28U.S.C.§1338(a)(trade-
6
marks).ThisCourtalsohassupplementaljurisdictionoverthestatelawclaims.
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8.Astodiversityjurisdiction,thereiscompletediversityofcitizenship
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betweenthepartiesandtheamountincontroversyexceedsthesumof$75,000,
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exclusiveofinterestsandcosts.
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9.
VenueisproperinthisCourtunder28U.S.C.§1391(b)(2)inthata
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substantialportionoftheeventsgivingrisetotheclaimoccurredinthisDistrict.
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FACTUALALLEGATIONS
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10.PlaintiffisaprofessionalathletewhoplaysbasketballfortheNational
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BasketballAssociation("NBA")teamMiamiHeat.Plaintiffisoneofthemost
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renownedplayersintheNBA.
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11.PlaintiffisthenaturalfatherofT.M.B.,aminor("theMinorChild").
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12.DefendantMATHISisthenaturalmotheroftheMinorChild.
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13.Oninformationandbelief,DefendantMATHIShasbeenhiredtostar
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inthethirdseasonofaVHlrealitytelevisionshowtitled"BasketballWives,"
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whichisproducedbyDefendantSHEDMEDIA.
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14.Thoughtherealitytelevisionshowistitled"Basketball
Wives"
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(emphasisadded),thefeaturedwomenintheshowarenotthecurrentwivesof
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NBAplayers.Instead,theshowfollowsthelivesofwomenwhoare
dating,
or
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who
dated,
NBAbasketballplayers,orwhowere
formerly
marriedtoNBA
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players;and,thus,providesthesewomenwithavehicleandworldwideplatformto
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use,withoutpermissionorauthorization,thenamesand/orlikenessesoffamous
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NBAprofessionalbasketballplayerstheyknowonapersonallevelfortheirown
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commercialgain.
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