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Tradehill v. Dwolla Et Al Complaint (Filed Copy)

Tradehill v. Dwolla Et Al Complaint (Filed Copy)

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Pla..infi{f,
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Trade~
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£ENTRAL
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CALIFO'RNIA-
SAN
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DI'VISION
ro
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TRADEH[LL.INC.~
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COMP~AI~T
FOR,
DAMAG~ES
.1'"
RESULTING
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W(}LL,A,mt..•
a-Delaware
C,Ol:por&[rn.on;
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ll'U
BENMILNE~
an
individual;
GHARISE.2\~
FAL"S.E
ADVE·RTI.·.
IN.
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'7
FLYNN
i
anindividual;fUldDOES1=5.~:~~
~lINC:M'~~i~NTRAcrcr;
1.5Defendants..
j'
MISREI'R.ES-ENTATION;,
5)NE~L].qENr_..
l6
MlISREPRESE.NTATIil>N,
I,7,.'6JCONCEALMENT;
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R:1L~LrrrU1JqN
AFI'ER
)RESCISSION;
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(lQN.~.,..~ERS
lQ.N·,
ANn
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DEFAMAT]
ON.
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for
its
complaint'&~alDsl
,defe:nd2mts.D~woUa~nc"
(~'Dwa[la~~)~enMilne
(<<]YIHne:'),
2:
I
Ch~u·i;e
Flynn,
({~mrm~"J,and
oes
1.
thxongb5~conectively.
the
"Defendants"),plaintiff3
II
Tl'~d.Hm,
~o';("T.a~H:I,r')aUege,o~
~";~nol
~O~I.dge
a.~
its"I(~il
it&
ownacts
and
4onInformation-andb~hetastotheDefendantsand.
their
acts.
(1$
follows:
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JlJRlSDIC'T10NAND
vENUE
1.this
Court
possesses
jurisdictionbecause
Hinvolves,afederal
question,
:U~
U.S.C.§.m96~(e).ThisCourtfurtherpossessessubject-matterJmisdidionforthisactionunder28U.S,C.§l33:2(a)(1):fhedefendantsareeach
citizensof
different-states
fromthe
_p~atntiff
andtheamount
incentroversyexceeds$75~OOO.
:2.
'Thisdourtpossessespersonaljurisdkaionover
'Tr:adeHiJl
asitsprincipalplaceof
business
wasin
San
F'l::i]Ji;cisco~California..
J.
'rhi'sCourtpossessesperscnaljurlsdietionoverDwollaunderCaiifornia's
"'loH8'"1!lrn{'
swtute,.'Califor.niaCodeof
Cruvil
Procedure§4IO.10.Dwollamarketed
itselfand
Its
services
]ml
and.'wfIJfu11yconducted.
direct
business
withmultiple
indivich..
als,
i11JicllH.1il1JJ~
I
1):·~de.ai1J~
a
Calif
QrH]
a.
mul~ip~.e"t.hnes
and
lRihecauses
ofaction
claimed
below
by
Tradel-llllaroseout
cif
Dwolla'sactivitiesintheNorthern.District,
therebyproviding,
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4..Defendauts
MUne'.amd
Flynn
participated
in
the
organization,
operattonand
leadership
of'Dwolla
and
directedthe.
enterprise's
operationstn
the
Northern
Districtof
California,5.Verare
js.
proper
ill
the
Northem
Districtof
C2Ili£ornia,
under
28:U.S.C.
g
1391
(a)(l)
&
(h)(2)..TmdeHilllll1Itiated
therelationsrup
W]~b
Dwolla
whHe
its
pril1cipal
place:of
business
was
'situated,
in
the
No.rlhe:m
Di
strict:
The:f.rdiudule.fiLmisilepresentitions
!dlat
substantiallyform
~h0basis
for
the
causes-of
aoticn
][1
this
Complajnt
''\N:lire
made.tn
response
W
the
activities
of'TradeHmoperationsbased
in
the
Northern
District
of
California,andweredirectedtowardstheNorthernOisitictofCalifornia,
II
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26~T(ade,Hill
is"ftl~
~U'releilabt
t!me:s,'a
{:o.rpO;l'atf:6rdllcQrporated.
under
the
lawsof
the.3StateofDelawareorwas
a'.sole~J)ropfiel6I;"sJiip
ownedby
Jered
Kennawith.
its
4princjp'leplace
-of
business
in,SanFranelsco,California,TradeHill
and
it~
ssociated
,
5
W~b&'it~sandbusinesses
were
orie:of
the,world's
leading,resource'\!
'~Ol'
Bircoin,avirtual
'6
curreney.
77,Dwolla
is:~
.and.at
aU
ltl6'vuui
time"s~
ci'
blAslD:ess
'with
its
principalplace
0'[
business
in
'8
Des'Moines,
Iowa.
Onor
about
January
2.5;'2012"
Dwolla
hicorp9tartvd
ill
D~hitv,[U'e:;
9
.at
an.
other
releyam
thnes,
H
was
tncorporated
In
Iowa.
At.
allrelevant
times,
Dwolla
lO'
was.amoney
service
business.
engagedIn
money
trans'm,]is!>ion
thai
provided
an
on~.rnl']c:
'II
p'ffymeil~
syste-mudHzjllg
tll.
e
Auromated
Cl'e.al'ingHonse
f'Ac}r~)
aY;I1lCID,t
processing12
systemfor
Irs
customers,Dwolla
was
.an
Iowa..
licensed
rnione.ylIansmitttif
at.al1
I
"I
3relevanttimesuntilOctbber
i,
2{}[1when.itslicense
wascanceled,
Dw.olla~inclodi,l,g
i
14
]t-s1eade.:r&htp,
oWl1e;rShtp,nUluage[lle'ut,,eJ,nployees,
as~o',ciales
andoth(,;';I"ID.!.'?JnbeJ:s.
or
1.5representatives,
constlrures
an"enterprise",
·111$'
defined
111
t8U.S.C.
§]
961(4).,a
16
corporaticn'\yhiGh.isengagedin,
andthe-acrivltiescf
which
effect,
intersrate
17
commerce,
18
8.
Dwolla'opereresinthe
NQrthern
Dlstdct
ofCaUfo:i'n~a~,and
elsewhere
inthe
United
t9
Stutes
andabroad,
eonstituting
an
engoing.corporate
oi'gaJlw'za\ti01,1
whose
membru'~
20
functionasacontinuing
nnit
(o]"·,tl.eommcu
pUljpose.-of
achieviJl:g'~heGbJ(;'icltve,g
'of
tb06-
21
enterpriae..22:fi.Milnf\aresident
of
Newton,
Iowa.
isii.:ndlwasatallrelevant
time&·the-"ch.ii~Jt'18'ecutiv,®:
23
officerof
Dwolla.
..24...
10.Flynn•.
a
residens
~orDes
Moines
.lm..Y:a,]s
andwas
_.%1
all
relevant,times
the
ehic;:.f
25
ope-raliing:oifillcerof
Dwoila.
26
1].The
ide:llH.ti.es
ofthe
nefe;llil.~nts
mUlled
"Does
'1
tlI11"Cfllgh
.5'~
are
nOT
eurrearlyknown
by
27Trndeflill.If
and'
whenT[adeHi]]learns
enough
iiiforn~a6o]]ontheiridentities,
Ihey
28shallhe,addedtothisaction.
'3
Camplni~lt,fi;.,rDf'!.liUWeS

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