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Twitter lawsuit to counter spam

Twitter lawsuit to counter spam

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COMPLAINTBYTWITTER,
INC.
1DAVIDH.KRAMER,StateBarNo.168452CHARLEST.GRAVES,StateBarNo.1979232RIANAS.PFEFFERKORN,StateBarNo.266817WILSONSONSINIGOODRICH
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ROSATI3ProfessionalCorporation650PageMillRoad4PaloAlto,CA94304-1050Telephone:(650)493-93005Facsimile:(650)565-5100Email:dkramer@wsgr.comAttorneysforPlaintiff7Twitter,Inc.
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_____.:::..D~e_'_'fe....;.n_'_'_d"_'_an___'t~s.)TWITTER,INC.,aDelawarecorporation,Plaintiff,COMPLAINTFOR(1)BREACHOFCONTRACT;(2)TORTIOUSINTERFERENCEWITHCONTRACT;(3)FRAUD;AND(4)UNFAIRORDECEPTIVEBUSINESSPRACTICES
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SKOOTLECORP.,aTennesseecorporation;JL4WEBSOLUTIONS,aPhilippinescorporation;JUSTINCLARK,anindividual,d/b/aTWEETBUDDY.COM;JAMESKESTER,anindividual;JAYSONYANUARIA,anindividual;JAMESLUCERO,anindividual;andGARLANDE.HARRIS,anindividual,1415161718PlaintiffTwitter,Inc.("Twitter")bringsthiscivilactionagainstSkootleCorporation,JL419WebSolutions,andindividualdefendantsJustinClark,doingbusinessasTweetBuddy.com,20JamesKester,JaysonYanuaria,JamesLucero,andGarlandE.Harris(collectively,21"Defendants"),andforitscomplaintallegesasfollowsonpersonalknowledgeastoitsown22actionsandoninformationandbeliefastotheactionsofothers:
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INTRODUCTION
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Twitteroperatesoneoftheworld'smostpopularonlinecommunicationsplatforms,25withover140millionactiveusers.Twitter'swidespreadsuccesscomesinlargepartbecause26Twitterisdedicatedtoprovidingahighqualityuserexperiencethatpromotesmeaningful27interactionsbetweenitsusers.Amongotherthings,Twitterprotectsitsusers'experienceby28prohibitingavarietyoffraudulentanddeceptivepracticesontheTwitterplatform,whichTwitter
 
1referstocollectivelyas"spam."Twitterhasdeployedahostofhumanandtechnological2measurestodetectandcombatspamontheTwitterplatform.32.Bythisaction,TwitterseekstoholdDefendantsandthosewhocontinuetoplythe4spamtradeaccountableforthecostsoftheirmisconduct,andfurthersafeguarditsplatformand5usersfromblatantlyabusiveactivities.63,Asdescribedbelow;certainDefendantsreferredtobelowasthe"Spamware7Defendants"distributesoftwaretoolsdesignedtofacilitateabuseoftheTwitterplatformand8marketedtodupeconsumersintoviolatingTwitter'suseragreement.Theremaining"Spammer9Defendants"operatelargenumbersofautomatedTwitteraccountsthroughwhichtheyattemptto10trickTwitterusersintoclickingonlinkstoillegitimatewebsites,againinviolationofTwitter's11useragreement.1213
THEPARTIES
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PlaintiffTwitterisacorporationincorporatedinDelawarewithitsprincipalplace14ofbusinessinSanFrancisco,California.155.DefendantJL4WebSolutionsisacorporationincorporatedinthePhilippines,16doingbusinessintheStateofCalifornia.DefendantJaysonYanuaria("Yanuaria")isan17individualwhoconductsbusinessintheStateofCaliforniaandisdomiciledinthePhilippines.18YanuariaistheprincipalofficerofDefendantJL4WebSolutions.DefendantsJL4WebSolutions19andYanuariashallbereferredtocollectivelyinthisComplaintas"TweetAttacks,"exceptas20otherwisespecified.21
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DefendantSkootleCorporation("Skootle")isacorporationincorporatedin22Tennessee,withitsprincipalplaceofbusinessintheStateofVirginia,doingbusinessintheState23ofCalifornia.DefendantJamesKester("Kester")isanindividualwhoconductsbusinessinthe24StateofCaliforniaandisdomiciledintheStateofVirginia.Kesteristheprincipalofficerof25DefendantSkootle.DefendantsSkootleandKestershallbereferredtocollectivelyinthis26Complaintas"TweetAdder,"exceptasotherwisespecified.277.DefendantJustinClark("Clark"),doingbusinessasTweetBuddy.com,isan28individualwhoconductsbusinessintheStateofCaliforniaandisdomiciledintheStateof
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11.III.JURISDICTIONANDVENUEThisCourthasdiversityjurisdictionoverthisactionunder28U.S.C.§13321Florida.DefendantClarkshallbereferredtointhisComplaintas"TweetBuddy,"exceptas2otherwisespecified.38.DefendantJamesLucero("Lucero")isanindividualwhoconductsbusinessinthe4StateofCaliforniaandisdomiciledintheStateofColorado.9.DefendantGarlandE.Harris("Harris")isanindividualwhoconductsbusinessin6theStateofCaliforniaandisdomiciledintheStateofFlorida,710.DefendantsJL4WebSolutions,Yanuaria,Skootle,Kester,andClarkshallbe8referredtocollectivelyinthisComplaintasthe"SpamwareDefendants,"exceptasotherwise9specified.DefendantsLuceroandHarrisshallbereferredtocollectivelyinthisComplaintasthe10"SpammerDefendants,"exceptasotherwisespecified.
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1213becausePlaintiffisacitizenofadifferentstatefromeachDefendantandbecausethevalueofthe14matterincontroversyexceeds$75,000withrespecttoPlaintiffsclaimsagainsteachDefendant.1512.VenueisproperinthisDistrictunder28U.S.c.§1391(a)(2)becauseasubstantial16partoftheeventsgivingrisetotheclaimsatissueinthislawsuitoccurredinthisDistrict.17Defendantshaverepeatedly,knowingly,andimproperlytargetedwrongfulactsatTwitter,which18isheadquarteredinthisjudicialdistrict,andhavecausedharminthisjudicialdistrict.1920IV.INTRADISTRICTASSIGNMENT
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AssignmenttotheSanFranciscoDivisionofthisCourtisappropriateunderCivil21L.R.3-2,inthattheclaimsassertedhereinaroseinSanFranciscoCounty,andbecauseTwitteris22headquarteredinSanFranciscoCounty.23
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GENERALALLEGATIONS24A.
Twitter'sService
2514.PlaintiffTwitter,Inc.'seponymousservice,Twitter,isanonlinecommunications26platformthatletsusersshareandreceiveinformationinreal-timethroughshortmessagescalled27"Tweets,"whichhaveamaximumlengthof140characters.Twitterconnectsitsuserswiththe28latestinformationabouttheirinterests.Theserviceisfreeofchargeandopentoanyone.
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