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Bunsow Complaint

Bunsow Complaint

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DefendantSTEVENH.DAVIS(Davis)isanindividualandatalltimesherein
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34RonaldJ.Souza(SBN62862)Arif'Virji(SBN130322)BruceE.Weisenberg(SBN260521)LYNCHGILARDI&GRUMMERAProfessionalCorporation170ColumbusAvenue,5
th
FloorSanFrancisco,California94133Telephone:(415)397-2800Facsimile:(415)397-09376AttorneysforPlaintiffHENRYBUNSOW7INTHESUPERIORCOURTOFTHESTATEOFCALIFORNIAINANDFORTHECOUNTYOFSANFRANCISCOUNLIMITEDJURISDIC'HQ.N
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CaseNo.-
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1.HENRYBUNSOW,12Plaintiff,
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v.14STEVENH.DAVIS,anindividual;JEFFREYL.KESSLER,anindividual;15JOEL
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SANDERS,anindividual;STEPHENDICARMINE,anindividual;16JAMESR.WOODS,anindividual;andDOES1through200,inclusive,
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1819202122Defendants.
COMPLAINTFORDAMAGES:FRAUDANnDECEITNEGLIGENTMISREPRESENTATIONBREACHOFFIDUCIARYDUTIESCONVERSIONUNJUSTENRICHMENTIRESTITUTIONINTERFERENCEWITHECONOMIC
Anv
ANTAGEANDPROSPECTIVEECONOMIC
Anv
ANTAGEUNFAIRCOMPETITION(BUS.
&
PROF.CODE
§
17200
etseq.).
PlaintiffHENRYBUNSOWcomplainsandallegesasfollows:1.PARTIESPlaintiffHENRYBUNSOW(Plaintiff),anattorney,isanadultindividual23residinginCaliforniaandpracticinglaw
in
andaroundSanFrancisco,California.25mentionedwastheChairmanandmemberoftheOfficeoftheChairmanofDewey
&
LeBoeuf26LLP.DavisvisitedCaliforniaandinparticularSanFranciscoregularlytoconductbusiness.
In
27furtheranceoftheillegalactsallegedherein,DavisinstigatedandheldmeetingswithPlaintiffin
COMPLAINTFORDAMAGES
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I
l.
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28III
 
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COMPLAINTFORDAMAGES
1SanFrancisco,California;madetelephonecallsandsentmailandemailstoSanFrancisco,2California;andreceivedtelephonecalls,mailandemailsfromSanFrancisco,California.33.DefendantJEFFREYL.KESSLER(Kessler)isanindividualandatalltimes4hereinmentionedwastheGlobalLitigationChair,memberoftheOfficeoftheChairmananda5memberoftheExecutiveCommitteeofDewey
&
LeBoeufLLP.KesslervisitedCaliforniaand6inparticularSanFranciscoregularlytoconductbusiness.Infurtheranceoftheillegalacts7allegedherein,KesslerinstigatedandheldmeetingswithPlaintiffinSanFrancisco;made8telephonecallsandsentemailstoSanFrancisco;andreceivedtelephonecallsandemailsfrom9.SanFrancisco,California.
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4.DefendantJOEL
1.
SANDERS(Sanders)isanindividualandatalltimesherein11mentionedwastheChiefFinancialOfficerofDewey
&
LeBoeufLLP.Sandersvisited12CaliforniaandinparticularSanFranciscoregularlytoconductbusiness.Infurtheranceofthe13illegalactsallegedherein,SandersinstigatedandheldmeetingsinSanFrancisco;made14telephonecallsandsentemailstoSanFrancisco;andreceivedtelephonecallsandemailsfrom15SanFrancisco,California.165.DefendantSTEPHENDICARMINE(DiCarmine)isanindividualandatalltimes17hereinmentionedwastheChiefOperationsOfficerofDewey
&
LeBoeufLLP.DiCarmine18regularlyvisitsCaliforniaandSanFranciscotoconductbusiness.
In
furtheranceoftheillegal19actsallegedherein,DiCarmineinstigatedandheldmeetingswithPlaintiffinSanFrancisco;20madetelephonecallsandsentemailstoSanFrancisco;andreceivedtelephonecallsandemails21fromSanFrancisco,California.6.DefendantJAMES
R.
WOODS(Woods)isanindividualandatalltimesherein23mentionedwasapartnerandmemberoftheExecutiveCommitteeofDewey
&
LeBoeufLLP.24WoodsresidesinRedwoodCity,CaliforniaandpracticeslawinSanFranciscoandPaloAlto,.25California.
In
furtheranceoftheillegalactsallegedherein,Woodsinstigatedandheldmeetings26withPlaintiffinSanFranciscoandPaloAlto;madetelephonecallsandsentemailstoSan27Francisco;andreceivedtelephonecallsandemailsfromSanFrancisco,California.28-2-
 
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.COMPLAINTFORDAMAGES
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7.Plaintiffdoesnotknowthetruenamesandcapacitiesofthedefendantssuedas2Does1through200,inclusive,andthereforesuethesedefendantsbyfictitiousnames.Plaintiff3willamendthiscomplainttoallegetheirtruenamesandcapacitieswhenascertained.Plaintiffis4informedandbelievesandthereonallegesthateachofthefictitiouslynameddefendantsis5responsibleinsomemannerfortheoccurrenceshereinallegedandthatPlaintiffsdamagesas6hereinallegedwereproximatelycausedbytheirconduct.
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8.
Plaintiffisinformedandbelievesandthereonallegesthat,atalltimesherein8mentioned,eachoftheDefendantswasthepartner,co-conspiratororagentofeachofthe9remainingDefendants.Plaintiffwillamendthiscomplainttosetforththetrueidentityofthese10defendantswhenascertained.
11JURISDICTION12
9.Jurisdictionoverthiscaseisproper,astheamountincontroversyexceedsthe13minimumjurisdictionalthresholdofthisCourtandbecausethebusinessrelationshipwhichisthe14subjectmatterofthiscomplaintexistedintheCityandCountyofSanFrancisco;because15PlaintiffandatleastoneoftheDefendantsresideinCalifornia,andbecausemostoftheacts16allegedhereinoccurredinwholeorinpartintheCityandCountyofSanFrancisco.17
FIRSTCAUSEOFACTIONFORFRAUDANDDECEIT
10.Plaintiffherebyincorporateseachoftheforegoingparagraphstothesameextent20asthoughfullysetforthherein.
11.
In
2007,thepartnershipofDewey
&
LeBoeufLLP(DeweyortheFinn)was
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22formedbyamergeroftwofirms.Manyofthemergingpartnerswereunhappywiththemerger23andthreatenedtoleavethenewly-formedfinn.InordertoenticethosepartnerstoremainWith24Dewey,Defendantsenteredintolong-termfixedamountcompensationagreementswith25particularpartnersbindingDeweytocompensationobligationspayableformanyyears.
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12.Subsequently,during2008,2009and2010,Dewey'sfinancialperformancewas27inadequatetopaypartnerswhattheydesiredascompensation.Inordertoenticeselected28partnerstoremainwithDewey,Defendantsenteredintoadditionalagreementsandpromisesto
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