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Ripoff Report v. PissedConsumer - Complaint

Ripoff Report v. PissedConsumer - Complaint

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTDISTRICT OF ARIZONAXCENTRIC VENTURES, L.L.C.an Arizona limited liability company,Plaintiff,vs.OPINION CORP. d/b/a PISSEDCONSUMER,a New York corporation;FORTRESS ITX, L.L.C,a New Jersey corporation;DOES 1–10, inclusive,Defendants.CIVIL NO.__________________ VERIFIED COMPLAINT
For its complaint against Defendants, Plaintiff alleges:
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
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This is a civil action seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief forvarious acts of copyright infringement under the copyright laws of the United States (17U.S.C. § 101
et seq
.) and for various acts of trademark infringement in violation of theLanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1051,
et seq
., and related state law claims.Maria Crimi Speth, #012574
JABURG & WILK, P.C.
3200 North Central Avenue, Suite 2000Phoenix, Arizona 85012Telephone: (602) 248-1000Fax: (602) 248-0522Attorneys for Plaintiff 
 
Case 2:08-cv-01841-JAT Document 1 Filed 10/07/08 Page 1 of 11
 
 
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This Court has jurisdiction under 15 U.S.C. § 1121 (trademark); 17 U.S.C.§ 101
et seq.
(copyright); 28 U.S.C. § 1331 (federal question); and 28 U.S.C. § 1338(a)(copyright). This Court has supplemental jurisdiction over state and common law claimspursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1367(a).3.
 
Venue in this District is proper under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391(b) and (c), and/or28 U.S.C. § 1400(a). A substantial part of the acts of infringement complained of occurred in this District, and certain corporate defendants are subject to personal jurisdiction in this District.4.
 
Personal jurisdiction in this District is proper because each defendant,engaged in acts of copyright infringement within the District of Arizona, and/orintentionally directed tortious conduct at Plaintiff knowing such conduct would causeharm within this District.
PARTIES
5.
 
Plaintiff XCENTRIC VENTURES, L.L.C. (“Plaintiff”) is and at allrelevant times was an Arizona limited liability company located in Phoenix, Arizona.6.
 
Plaintiff is the operator of a consumer complaint and free speech forumknown as the Rip-off Report located at www.RipoffReport.com (the “Rip-off Reportsite”). The Rip-off Report is widely used by consumers, and works closely withgovernment agencies, attorneys general, federal, state, and local law enforcement, andthe news media to help report, identify and prevent consumer fraud and similar conduct.7.
 
Defendant OPINION CORP., INC. (“OCI”) is, and at all relevant timeshas been, a New York corporation doing business as Pissed Consumer with a websitelocated at www.PissedConsumer.com (the “Pissed Consumer” site) which caused theevents herein described to occur with knowledge that they would cause harm within theState of Arizona. Upon information and belief, OCI also has engaged in continuous,systematic and substantial contacts with the State of Arizona sufficient to confer generaland specific personal jurisdiction over it in this District.
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Defendant FORTRESS ITX, INC. (“FORTRESS”) is, and at all relevanttimes has been, a New Jersey corporation doing business as www.FortressITX.comwhich caused the events herein described to occur with knowledge that they wouldcause harm within the State of Arizona. Upon information and belief, FORTRESS alsohas engaged in continuous, systematic and substantial contacts with the State of Arizonasufficient to confer general and specific personal jurisdiction over it in this District.9.
 
The Court has in rem jurisdiction over the domain name rip-off-report.pissedconsumer.com as the domain registrar is located in Arizona.
PLAINTIFF’S COPYRIGHTS/TRADEMARKS 
10.
 
Plaintiff is and at all relevant times has been the lawful owner of the mark “RIP-OFF REPORT” which has been registered with the United States Patent andTrademark Office and assigned registration #2958949.11.
 
Since February 1998 through the filing of this action, Plaintiff hascontinuously used the mark “RIP-OFF REPORT” in commerce to identify anddistinguish Plaintiff’s business from other businesses in the same field.12.
 
Plaintiff’s ownership of the “RIP-OFF REPORT” mark is incontestable asa matter of law pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 1065.13.
 
Plaintiff is the owner of various copyrights relating to content appearingon the Rip-off Report website.14.
 
Plaintiff is the owner of the federal copyright issued by the United StatesCopyright Office Certificate of Registration No. TXu1-574-438 entitled “Rip-off ReportContent” dated March 25, 2008.15.
 
Plaintiff is the owner of a federal copyright issued by the United StatesCopyright Office Certificate of Registration No. TXu1-371-920 entitled “GroupDatabase Registration for Automated Database Entitled ‘Rip-off Report Database.’Unpublished updates from March 5, 2008 – May 5, 2008” dated May 20, 2008.
Case 2:08-cv-01841-JAT Document 1 Filed 10/07/08 Page 3 of 11

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