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Aaron Mintz v Priority Sports (2nd Complaint)

Aaron Mintz v Priority Sports (2nd Complaint)

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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTCENTRALDISTRICTOFCALIFORNIA
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AnthonyJ.Oncidi(StateBarNo.118135)aoncidiCQ),proskauercom
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Robert
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PROS'KAUERROSELLP2049CenturyParkEast
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32ndFloorLosAngeles,California90067-3206
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Telephone:(310)557-2900Facsimile:(310)557-2193Attorne_ysforPlaintiff
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AaronL.Mintz
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AARONL.MINTZ,anindividual,
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Plaintiff,
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vs.
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MARKBARTELSTEIN
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ASSOCIATES,INC.,d/b/aPriority
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Sports
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VIOLATIONOFTHECOMPUTERFRAUDANDABUSEACT(18U.S.C.
§
1030);2.VIOLATIONOFTHEELECTRONICCOMMUNICATIONSANDPRIVACYACT(18U.S.C.
§
2501ETSEQ.);3.VIOLATIONOFTHECALIFORNIACOMPUTERDATAACCESSANDFRAUDACT(CAL.PENALCODE
§
502);4.DEFAMATION;5.INVASIONOFPRIVACY;6.INTERFERENCEWITHPROSPECTIVEECONOMICADVANTAGE;AND7.UNFAIRBUSINESSACTSANDPRACTICES(CAL.BUS.
&
PROF.CODE
§§
17200ETSEQ.)DEMANDFORJURYTRIAL
 
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1.
In
thetimesinceMintzvoluntarilyresignedhisemploymentwith
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PlaintiffAaronL.Mintz("Mintz"),forhisclaimsagainstdefendantMark
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Bartelstein&Associates,Inc.,d/b/aPrioritySports&Entertainment("Priority
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Sports")anddefendantMarkBartelstein("Bartelstein")(collectively,
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"Defendants"),allegesuponknowledgewithrespecttohisownacts,andupon
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informationandbeliefastoallothermatters,asfollows.
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INTRODUCTION
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PrioritySportsonMarch23,2012,Defendantshavelaunchedanaggressiveand
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unrelentingcampaignofillegalconduct,whichnotablyhasincludedimpersonating
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MintzinordertogainunauthorizedaccesstohisprivateandconfidentialGmail
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account.DefendantshavealsomadefalsestatementsaboutMintztooneormore
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thirdpartiesinDefendants'efforttointerferewithMintz'sprospectiveeconomic
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relationshipswithclients.Defendantshaveengagedinthisconductsolelybecause
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MintzhasexercisedhisstatutorilyguaranteedrightasaCaliforniacitizentopursue
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hislawfulbusinessactivitiesconsistentwithCaliforniaBusinessandProfessions
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Code§16600.
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JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
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2.ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverthesubjectmatterofthisaction
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pursuantto28U.S.C.§§1331and1332.ThisCourtalsohassupplemental
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jurisdictionoverMintz'sstatestatutoryandcommonlawclaimspursuantto28
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U.S.C.§1367.
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3.Thedisputearisesasafederalquestionbecauseitinvolvesthe
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violationoftwofederalstatutes,theComputerFraudandAbuseAct("CFAA"),18
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U.S.C.§1030,andtheElectronicCommunicationsandPrivacyAct("ECPA"),18
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U.S.C.
§
2501,etseq.
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4.Thepartiesareofdiversecitizenship.MintzisacitizenoftheStateof
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CaliforniaandresidesinLosAngeles,California.PrioritySportsisacorporation
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organizedunderthelawsoftheStateofIllinois,withitsprincipalplaceofbusiness
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inChicago,Illinois.Uponinformationandbelief,Bartelsteinisacitizenofthe
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StateofIllinoisandresidesinHighlandPark,Illinois.
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5.Theamountincontroversyexceeds$75,000,exclusiveofinterestand
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costs.DamagesthatMintzhassufferedandwillcontinuetosufferasaresultofthe
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violationofthefederalstatutesreferencedaboveandtheotherclaimsasserted
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hereinexceed$75,000.Typically,representationagreementswithathletesprovide
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fortheagenttoreceiveascompensationforhisservicesapercentageofthegross
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valueofallexistingandfuturecontractsandcommercialopportunities.Whilethe
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compensationpaidtoprofessionalbasketballplayersandthecommissionsthatin
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tumareearnedbytheagentvarydependingupontheplayer'sstatusandother
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factors,thegrossvalueofsuchcontractsandcommercialopportunitiesisinthe
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millionsofdollars.TheclientsMintzservedwhileatBartelsteinincludesomeof
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themostrecognizableandtalentedNBAplayers.Theseformerclientsarelikelyto
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earnmanymillionsofdollarsinemploymentandendorsementcontracts,from
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whichMintz(andhisnewemployer)would,butfortheonerousandunlawful
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noncompetitionprovisionsinMintz'semploymentcontract,earncommissionswell
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inexcessof$75,000.
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6.Venueisproperinthisjudicialdistrictpursuantto28U.S.C.§1391,
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asitiswhereasubstantialpartoftheeventsgivingrisetotheclaimallegedinthis
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complaint.
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PARTIES
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7.MintzisacitizenoftheStateofCaliforniawhoresidesinLos
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Angeles,California.Mintzisacertifiedathleteagent,asdefinedinCalifornia
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BusinessandProfessionsCode§18895.2(b)(1),andisengagedinthebusinessof
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procuringemploymentforprofessionalbasketballplayerswithprofessionalsports
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teamsandorganizations.
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8.PrioritySportsisacorporationorganizedunderthelawsoftheStateof
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Illinois,withitsprincipalplaceofbusinessandheadquartersinChicago,Illinois.

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