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Pens Lawsuit

Pens Lawsuit

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SEANP.REIS(SBN184044)sreis@edelson.com
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EDELSONMCGUIRELLP30021TomasStreet,Suite300
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RanchoSantaMargarita,California92688Telephone:(949)459-2124
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Facsimile:(949)459-2123
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RAFEY'S'.BALABANIAN*rbalabanianeaedelson.com
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BENJAMIN1-I.RICHMAN*brichmanenedelson.com8EDELSONMCGUIRELLC350NorthLaSalleStreet,Suite1300
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Chicago,Illinois60654Teleplione:(312)589-6370
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Facsimile:(312)589-6378
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Prohacviceadmissiontobesought.
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AttorneysforPlaintiff
FREDWEISS
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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTCENTRALDISTRICTOFCALIFORNIA
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FREDWEISS,individuallyandonbehalfofallotherssimilarly
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situated,CaseNo.
eVI2-4585
CBM(JCx)CLASSACTIONCOMPLAINTFOR:
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Plaintiff,
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ViolationsoftheTelephoneConsumerProtectionAct,47U.S.C.
§
227;and,2.BreachofContract.
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v.
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LEMIEUXGROUP,L.P.d/b/a
DEMANDFORJURYTRIAL
THEPITTSBURGHPENGUINS,a
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Pennsylvanialimitedpartnership,
CLASSACTION
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Defendant.
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CLASSACTIONCOMPLAINT
 
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1.
Inanefforttopromoteitsprofessionalhockeyteam-thePittsburgh
CLASS
ACTIONCOMPLAINT
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PlaintiffFredWeissbringsthisClassActionComplaint("Complaint")against
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DefendantLemieuxGroupL.P.d/b/athePittsburghPenguins("Lemieux")tostop
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Defendant'spracticeoftransmittingtextmessagecallsinexcessoftheagreedupon
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weeklylimittothecellulartelephonesofconsumersnationwideandtoobtainredress
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forallpersonsinjuredbyDefendant'sconduct.Plaintiff,forhisComplaint,allegesas
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followsuponpersonalknowledgeastohimselfandhisownactsandexperiencesand,
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astoallothermatters,uponinformationandbelief,includinginvestigationconducted
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byhisattorneys.
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NATUREOFTHEACTION
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Penguins-DefendantLemieuxencouragesindividualstosignupfortextmessage
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notifications,whichpurportedlyprovidenoticetoconsumersofplayertrades,
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breakingnews,andspecialoffersbythemakingoftextmessagecallsdirectlyto
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consumers'cellphones.
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2.Withrespecttoitstextmessagealertprogram,Defendantpresentsand
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consumersagreetocertaintermsandconditionswhereinDefendantrepresentsthatit
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willlimitthenumberoftextmessagescallstoeachconsumertonomorethanthree
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(3)perweek.Despitethatexpressterm,however,Defendanthasintentionallyand
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systematicallytransmittedtextmessagestoindividualconsumersinexcessofthat
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weeklylimit.
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3.Byexceedingtheauthorizedlimitsonweeklytextmessagecallsmadeto
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Plaintiffandtheothermembersoftheputativeclass(the"Class,"asdefinedbelow),
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DefendanthascausedPlaintiffandtheothermembersoftheClassactualharm,not
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onlybecausetheyweresubjectedtotheaggravationthatnecessarilyaccompaniesthe
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invasionofprivacycausedbyunsolicitedtextmessagecalls,butalsobecause
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CLASSACTIONCOMPLAINT
 
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4.Inordertoredresstheseinjuries,Plaintiff,onbehalfofhimselfandtheconsumersfrequentlyhavetopaytheircellphoneserviceprovidersforthereceiptof
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suchwirelesscalls.
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Class,bringsthislawsuitundertheTelephoneConsumerProtectionAct,47U.S.c.
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§§227,
etseq.
("TCPA"),whichprohibitsunsolicitedtextmessagecallstocellular
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phones.Plaintiff,onbehalfofhimselfandtheClass,alsobringsaclaimforbreachof
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contract.
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5.
PlaintiffseeksaninjunctionrequiringDefendanttoceasealltext
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messagingactivitiesbeyondtheagreeduponthreetextmessagesperweekandan
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awardofstatutorydamagestothemembersoftheClass,togetherwithcostsand
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reasonableattorneys'fees.
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PARTIES
PlaintiffFredWeissisanaturalpersonandcitizenofthestateof.
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California.
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7.DefendantLemieuxGroupL.P.isaPennsylvanialimitedpartnership
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withitsheadquartersandprincipalplaceofbusinesslocatedat1001FifthAvenue,
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Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania15219.Defendantdoesbusinessthroughoutthestateof
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CaliforniaandtheUnitedStates.
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JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
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8.ThisCourthasoriginaljurisdictionovertheclaimsinthisaction
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pursuantto28U.S.C.§1331becausetheyariseunderthelawsoftheUnitedStates
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andfurther,pursuantto28U.S.C.§1332(d),because(a)atleastoneClassmemberis
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acitizenofadifferentstatethanDefendant,(b)theamountincontroversyexceeds
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$5,000,000.00,exclusiveofinterestandcosts,and(c)noneoftheexceptionsunder
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thatsubsectionapplytothisaction.
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9.ThisCourthaspersonaljurisdictionoverDefendantbecauseitconducts
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CLASSACTIONCOMPLAINT
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