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Motion for Sanctions

Motion for Sanctions

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Case:1:11-cv-02462Document#:73Filed:
02/08/12
Page1of14PagelD#:519
INTHEUNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTNORTHERNDISTRICTOFILLINOIS,EASTERNDIVISION
SEANMORRISONENTERTAINMENT,LLC,anIllinoisCorporation,Plaintiff,vs.O'FLAHERTYHElMEGAN&BIRNBAUM,Ltd.AWisconsinCorporation,NICHOLASD.THOMPSON,HEATHERCLARK,ANGELAHAYES,BARBHONCHAK,ANGELAMAGANA,MICHELLEOULD,PATRICIAVIDONICandKAITLANYOUNG,Defendants.)))))))))))))))))CaseNo.11CV02462JudgeCharlesR.Norgle,Sr.MagistrateJudgeMariaValdez
DEFENDANTSANGELAHAYES.BARBHONCHAK.HEATHERCLARKANDANGELAMAGANA'SMEMORANDUMOFLAWINSUPPORTOFTHEIRMOTIONFORSANCTIONSAGAINSTPLAINIFFFORFILINGABASELESSCOMPLAINTTHATWASFILEDFORIMPROPERPURPOSES
DefendantsAngelaHayes,BarbHonchak,HeatherClarkandAngelaMagana,throughtheirattorney,BarryRose,herebypresentthismemorandumoflaw,pursuanttoRule11oftheFederalRulesofCivilProcedure,insupportoftheirMotionforSanctionsagainstthePlaintiffforFilingaBaselessComplaintforImproperPurposes.
PLAINTIFFANDITSATTORNEYSHOULDBESANCTIONEDFORFILINGACOMPLAINTTOTALLYDEVOIDOFMERITONBOTHPROCEDURALANDSUBSTANTIVEGROUNDS,WHICHWASALSOFILEDFORIMPROPERPURPOSES
A.
PLAINTIFF'SCOMPLAINTNEITHERHADANYBASISFORSUBJECTMATTERJURISDICTIONBASEDONDIVERSITY,NORDIDITSTATEANYVALIDCLAIMSUPONWHICHRELIEFCOULDBEGRANTED.
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Page2of14PagelD#:520Rule11(b)oftheFederalRulesofCivilProcedureinrelevantpartprovidesasfollows:Bypresentingtothecourtapleading,writtenmotion,orotherpaper-whetherbysigning,filing,submitting,orlateradvocatingit-anattorneyorunrepresentedpartycertifiesthattothebestoftheperson'sknowledge,information,andbelief,formedafteraninquiryreasonableunderthecircumstances:(1)itisnotbeingpresentedforanyimproperpurpose,suchastoharass,causeunnecessarydelay,orneedlesslyincreasethecostoflitigation;(2)theclaims,defenses,andotherlegalcontentionsarewarrantedbyexistinglaworbyanonfrivolousargumentforextending,modifying,orreversingexistinglaworforestablishingnewlaw;(3)thefactualcontentionshaveevidentiarysupportor,ifspecificallysoidentified,willlikelyhaveevidentiarysupportafterareasonableopportunityforfurtherinvestigationordiscovery;ThepurposeofRule11istodeterfrivolousfilingsandtocurbabusesofthejudicialprocess.
Cooter
&
Gellv.HartmarxCorp.,
496U.S.384,397(1990).TheclearlanguageoftheRulerequiresanattorneyorunrepresentedpartytorepresenttothecourtthatafterdueinquirythepaperssubmittedaretruetothebestofone'sknowledgeandbelief;thattheyarenotsubmittedforanyimproperpurpose;andanyclaimsassertedbyonearesupportableunderexistinglaw.Indeed,ourSupremeCourtnotedthattheessenceofRule11isthattheactofaffixingone'ssignaturetocourtpapersisnotamereministerialormeaninglessact-ratheritdenotesthatthecasehasmeritandthatthesigneddocumentistobetakenseriously.
Bus.GuidesInc.v.ChromaticCommunicationsEnters.,
498U.S.533,546(1991).
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Page3of14PagelD#:5211.Therewasneveranysubjectmatterjurisdictionbetweentheseparties.ItisreadilyapparentinthiscasethatplaintiffundertooknoresearchtoascertainwhetheranIllinoisfederalcourtwouldhavediversitysubjectmatterjurisdictioninthisdisputeinvolvingthenamedparties.Inorderforafederaldistrictcourttoexercisepersonaljurisdictionoveranout-of-statedefendant,jurisdictionmustbeproperunderthatforumstate'slaw.
RARInc.v.TurnerDiesel,Ltd,
107F.3d1272,1275
(i
h
Cir.III.1997).Personaljurisdictioncanbebasedongeneralorspecificjurisdiction.
MobileAnesthesiologistsChicago,LLCv.AnesthesiaAssociates
of
HoustonMetroplex,P.A.
623F.3d440,444
(ih
Cir.III.2010).Forgeneraljurisdictiontoexistthedefendant'scontactsmustbecontinuousandsystematic.
CitadelGroupLtd.v.Wash.Reg'sMed.Ctr.
536F.3d757,760
(ih
Cir.III.2008).Ifsuchcontactsexist,theforumstatemayexercisepersonaljurisdictionagainstdefendantsevenincasesthatdonotarise,andareunrelatedtodefendant'scontactswiththatstate.
Dupreev.GreyhoundLines,Inc.,
540F.Supp.2d946,950(N.D.III.2008).Thus,thestandardtoestablishgeneraljurisdictionisnecessarilydemandingbecausetheconsequencescanbeseverebyrequiringadefendanttoanswerforanyallegedwrong,nomattertheextenttowhichitisunrelatedtoadefendant'scontactswiththeforumstate.
UBID,Inc.v.GoDaddyGroup,Inc.,
623F.3d421,426
(i
h
Cir.III.2010).Here,thisCourtnotedthatdefendantshadvirtuallynocontactswithIllinois,asonlyoneofthedefendantseversetfootinthisstate;theyownednopropertyinIllinois,andthefilmingoftherealityshowinvolvedinthiscaseoccurredinNevadaandUtah,fromaproducerbasedinCalifornia.Thus,initsopiniondismissingthecomplaint,thisCourtheldthatplaintiff'sargumentswerefrivolous.(Doc.#66P.10,line14).
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