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Complaint

Complaint

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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTMIDDLEDISTRICTOFFLORIDAJACKSONVILLEDIVISION
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RC3,INC.,Plaintiff,
v.
JUSTINBIEBER,Defendant.COMPLAINTFORDECLARATORYJUDGMENT
Plaintiff,RC3,Inc.,(hereinafter"RC3")filesthisComplaintforDeclaratoryJudgmentagainstDefendant,JustinBieber,(hereinafter"BIEBER")andrespectfullycomplainsasfollows:
NatureofAction
1.ThisisanactionfordeclarationofrightsundertheTrademarkActof1946,asamended(the"LanhamAct"),15U.S.C.
§
1051
etseq.
Specifically,RC3seeksadeclarationfromthisCourtthattheoperationandmaintenanceofits
iPhone/iPadl
Androidmobileapplicationtitled"Joustin'Beaver";itswebsite,http://www.joustinbeaver.com;andtheuseoftheterm"Joustin'Beaver";andallassociatedmaterials(hereinaftertheiPhone/iPadiAndroidmobileapplication;thewebsite,theterm"JoustinBeaver"andallassociatedmaterialsshallcollectivelybereferredtoasthe"App"unlessotherwisespecified)donotinfringe,dilute,orotherwiseviolatetherightsofBieber2.AcaseofactualcontroversywithinthisCourt'sjurisdictionexistsbetweenthepartiesconcerningtheirrespectivetrademarkandrelatedrightsassetforthbelow.ThisCourtisauthorizedtodeclaretherightsofthepartiesinthiscasepursuanttotheFederal
 
DeclaratoryJudgmentsAct,28U.S.C.
§§
2201-2202andFloridaStatutessections86.011
etal.
JurisdictionandVenue
3.ThiscourthassubjectmatterjurisdictionoverthisactionunderSection39oftheLanhamAct,15U.S.C.
§
1121,andunderthejurisdictionalprovisionsofTitle28oftheUnitedStatesCode,28U.S.C.
§§
1331,1338,and1367.4.BieberisanindividualthatdoesbusinessthroughoutFlorida.Additionally,BiebercontactedandsentthecorrespondencethatcreatedthepresentdisputetoRC3inthisdistrict,andasubstantialpartofeventsoromissionsgivingrisetotheclaimtobeadjudicatedinthisactionoccurredinthisdistrict.Accordingly,Bieberissubjecttopersonaljurisdictioninthisdistrictandvenueisproperinthisdistrictunder28U.S.C.
§
1391.
Parties
5.Plaintiff,RC3isaFloridaCorporationorganizedandexistingundertheStateofFloridaandhavingitsprincipalplaceofbusinessat1012KingStreet,Jacksonville,DuvalCounty,Florida32204.6.Defendant,Bieber,isaminorthatresidesinCalifornia,andmaybeservedwithprocessbyservinghisattorney,AaronRosenberg,Esquire11601WilshireBoulevard,Ste.2200,LosAngeles,California90025-1758.Fed.R.Civ.P.5(b)(l).
FactsandBackground
7.Defendant,JustinBieber,isawell-knowncelebritythatperforms,promotes,andotherwiseforentertainmentpurposes.TheDefendantisanentertainerandwell-knownthroughoutthecountryasa"pop-performer."2
 
8.InanefforttocommentupontheDefendant'slife,thePlaintiff,RC3developedtheaforementionedAppentitled"Joustin'Beaver."TheApp,avideogame,isaparodyofthecommercialsuccessoftheDefendantandanycelebrity.Theparodyappportraysabeaverfloatingonalogdownariver.Thebeaverpresentswithbangs,alance,andapurplesweater.Thebeaverknocks"Phot-Hogs"thatareattemptingtotakehisphotographintotheriverwithhislance.Thebeaveralsosigns"Otter-graphs."Thebeaveralsomustdodgethe"whirlpoolofsuccess,"whichwillleadbeaveroutofcontrol,whilenavigatingtheriver.9.ThePlaintiffrespondedtocounselfortheDefendantandmultipleconversationstookplaceduringFebruaryof2012.ThePlaintiffattemptedtoexplaintocounselfortheDefendantthattheAppwasprotectedundertheFirstAmendmenttotheConstitutionoftheUnitedStates,asitwasaparodyandinnowaycommittedanyoftheviolationsallegedbytheDefendant,whicharerepeatedinparagraphten(10)ofthiscomplaint.10.OnoraboutFebruary13,2012,counselfortheDefendant,Bieber,sentaCeaseandDesistlettertoRC3allegingthattheApp,andusethereof,constitutedanumberofviolationsincluding:"trademarkinfringement,unfaircompetitionundertheLanhamActandunderstatelaw,dilution,falsedesignationoforigin,passingoff,misappropriationofnameforcommercialpurposes,misrepresentation,violationofrightsofpublicityandinterferencewith[theDefendant's]contractualobligationstothirdparties."AcopyoftheCeaseandDesistLetterisattachedheretoasPlaintiff's"Exhibit
A."
11.TheCeaseandDesistletterdemandedthatthePlaintiff:"(1)ImmediatelyCeaseanyandallexploitationoftheApp;(2)RemovetheAppfromiTunesandanyotherAppStoresandecommercesiteswhereitiscurrentlyavailable;
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