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SDB Partners, Inc. vs Chris Pine

SDB Partners, Inc. vs Chris Pine

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28Bryan
J.
Freedman(SBN151990)Jesse
A.
Kaplan(SBN255059)2FREEDMAN
&
TAITELMAN,LLP1901AvenueoftheStars,Suite500
3
LosAngeles,California90067Telephone:
310-201-00054Facsimile:310-201-0045
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AttorneysforPlaintiffSDBPartners,Inc.
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FILED
SUPERIORCOURTOFCALIFORNIA
COUNTYOFLOSANGELES
FEB142012
John
BY
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SUPERIORCOURTOFTHESTATEOFCALIFORNIAFORTHECOUNTYOFLOSANGELES-CENTRALSDBPARTNERS,INC.,
a
Californiacorporation,Plaintiff,vs.CHRISPINE,anindividual;SIRHCENIP,INC.,aCaliforniacorporation;andDOESI-10,inclusive,Defendants.)Case
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COMPLAINTFOR:
1.
BREACHOFIMPLIEDCONTRACT;2.DECLARATORYRELIEF;AND
3.
ACCOUNTING.COMPLAINT
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28PlaintiffSOBPartners,Inc.("SOB"),herebyallegesthefollowingcausesofactionagainstdefendantsChrisPine("Pine"),SIRHCENIP,Inc.,aCaliforniaCorporation("SIR"),andDoesIthrough
10,
inclusive,asfollows:
Introduction
I.In
2002,
SOB,aboutiquetalentagency,agreedtorepresentacompletelyunknownactornamedChrisPine.Likeanyotherclient,SOBinvestedagreatdealoftime,money,energy,dedicationandgoodwilltoorganicallybuildingPine'scareerfromscratch.Overthecourseofapproximatelynineyears,SOBtookPinefromanoviceactortoaninternationallyrenownedmoviestarwhocouldcommandasevenfigurepayday.Inparticular,SOBentrenchedPineintheiconic,nottomentionlucrative,rolesof
StarTrek
IS
CaptainJamesT.KirkandTomClancy'sJackRyan.InJuneof
2009,
aboutamonthafter
StarTrek's
release,PinepraisedhistalentagentsatSOBandprofessedhisloyaltytothemforbuildinghiscareer.PinesaidthefollowingaboutSOB:I'mafirmbelieverinloyalty.Attheendoftheday,thisisabusiness,andyouareabusiness,andIhavefeltinmycareerithasservedmetostaywiththepeople
l'1w
startegwithmebecauseIbelievethey'reaspassionateandasdedicatedasthey'veeverbeen.(emphasisadded)2.Nonetheless,onNovember11,201],PinedischargedSOBbyemail.PinedidnoevenhavethecourtesyofpickingupthetelephonetotellSOBthathewasendingtheirrelationshipofnineyears,3.InPine'semail,pineagainpraisedSOB,acknowledgingSOB'sinvestmentoftimeandenergyinbuildingpine'scareer.Infact,Pineevenwentasfarastocreditmuchofhissuccessto~O~.Specifically,Pine'semailstatedasfollows:Aftermuchthoughtandconsideration,Ihavedecidedthatitisbestformetoleave.IhopethatyouwillunderstandthatthisdecisionwasverydifficultformetomakebecauSelowemuchofthesuccessinmycareertoallofyou.AtourlastgroupmeetingIexplainedthatIwasfrustratedandneededmorethanwhatIwasgettingfromtheagency.Ithoughtthatwithsometime,perhaps,myfeelingsmightchangebutunfortunatelytheyhavenot.PleaseknowthatIrecognizewhatgreatadvocatesyouhavebeenformeandthatyouhaveinvestedyourtimeandenergyintobuildingmycareer.NoneofthisdoItakelightlyorforgranted.That2
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COMPLAINTiswhythishasbeensoagonizingforme.Ihopethatyoucanrespectmydecisionandacceptitasfinal.
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wishyou,Steven,RoandSusienothingbutthebest.Haveawonderfulholidayseasonandahappynewyear.Ifyouneedtodiscussanythingfurtherpleasecontact,John.With[sic]muchappreciationandgratitude,(emphasisadded)
4.
Moreover,Pineapparentlydoesnotintendtocontinuepaying
SDB
its,commissionsonprojects
that
SDBhadhelpedbringtoPine,including
StarTrek
andtheJackRyan
fllms.
That
is,
Pine
apparently
doesnotbelieve
that
10Yilltytopisag~Ptsincludespaying
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SOBthecommissionsthat
it
isowed.AfterPinedischargedSOBbyentail,SDBconfirmedin,writingthatPine
was
required
to
continuepayingSDacommissionsoncertain.projects.Pinerespondedwithsilence.Tnough
SDB
hasnotheard
from
Pinesince
SDB's
discharge,Pine'ssilence
Js
verytelling.5.WhetherPineisbeingmisguided
by
hishandlersorhassimplybeenblindedbyhissuccessandfame,Pineapparentlyneedsarefreshercourseonhisobligation
to
compensateSDB
for
whatSDa
has
donefor
him.
Through
this
lawsuit,
SP~
seekstonatonlyrecoveritscommissions
an
millions
of
dollars
that
Pine
hasalreadyearned,
but
alsothe
millionsofdollars
i,.""
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thatPinewillcontinuetoearn.asaresultofSPB'spriorhardworkanddedicationtoPine's
.'..-.1_
career.
TheParties
6.SDa
is,
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atalltimeshereinmentionedwas,
a
Californiacorporation,withits
"
;..,
principalplaceofbusinessin
Los
Angeles,California,
and
isqualifiedtoconduct
business
intheState
of
California.
SDB
isa
talentagency.
7.
Uponinformation
and
belief,pineis,
and
~t
all
times
hereinmentionedwas,
an
individualresiding
in
Los
Angeles,California.
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8.Uponinformationandbelief,SIRis,andatalltimeshereinmentionedwas,aCaliforniacorporation,with
its
principalplaceofbusinessinLosAngeles,California.Uponinformationandbelief,PineisSIR'ssolestockholderandequityowner.
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