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GAIMS WElL WEST LLtf
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Los Angeles, California 90067-2513
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FacsImile: (31Q) 277-2133
4 Email: ajweil@gwwe.com
5 Douglas A. Rettew (Pro Hac Vice atr:lication in process)
Julia Anne Matheson (SBN 214163
6 FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FA BOW,
GARRETT & DUNNER, L.L.P.
7 901 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
8 Telephone: (202) 408.4000
FacsImile: (202) 408.4400
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Attorneys for Comedy Playground, LLC
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
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COMEDY PLAYGROUND, LLC, a
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NBCUNIVERSAL MEDIA, LLC, a
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Case No.: 2:14-CIV-03110
COMPLAINT FOR FEDERAL
AND STATE TRADEMARK
INFRINGEMENT AND UNFAIR
COMPETITION
DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL
23 Plaintiff Comedy Playground, LLC, by its undersigned attorneys, alleges as
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NATURE OF THE ACTION
This is a civil action for trademark infringement and unfair competition
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1 Alan Jay Weil (SBN 63153)
GAIMS WElL WEST LLtf
2 1875 Century Park East, 12 Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067-2513
3 Telephone: (310) 407-4526
FacsImile: (31Q) 277-2133
4 Email : ajweil@gwwe.com
5 Douglas A. Rettew (Pro Hac Vice atr:lication in process)
Julia Anne Matheson (SBN 214163
6 FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FA BOW,
GARRETT & DUNNER, L.L.P.
7 901 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
8 Telephone: (202) 408.4000
FacsImile: (202) 408.4400
9 Email: doug.rettew@finnegan.com
Email: julia.matheson@finnegan.com
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Attorneys for Comedy Playground, LLC
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
15 COMEDY PLAYGROUND, LLC, a
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NBCUNIVERSAL MEDIA, LLC, a
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Defendant.
Case No.: 2:14-CIV-03110
COMPLAINT FOR FEDERAL
AND STATE TRADEMARK
INFRINGEMENT AND UNFAIR
COMPETITION
DEMAND FOR JURy TRIAL
23 Plaintiff Comedy Playground, LLC, by its undersigned attorneys, alleges as
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NATURE OF THE ACTION
This is a civil action for trademark infringement and unfair competition
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2. While this case involves comedy, it's no laughing matter. For over a
decade, Plaintiff Comedy Playground has creatively employed the medium of
comedy to train youth, business people, and senior citizens alike in the skills of
public performance, comic timing, self esteem, public speaking, team building, and
personal achievement. Designed to appeal to participants of all ages, ethnicities, and
cultural backgrounds, Comedy Playground' s programs have been implemented
regionally, nationally, and internationally, and enjoy a strong base of support among
parents, educators, and comedic professionals alike. Comedy Playground alumni
have gone on to professional entertainment careers, including the comedy club
circuit, television commercials, successful sitcoms, and feature films.
3. Ironically, despite Comedy Playground's longstanding nationwide
rights in the COMEDY PLAYGROUND name and mark, NBC has adopted the
identical name and mark for its own nationwide contest to identify fresh, comedic
talent for new television comedies to air on NBC television networks. The harm
caused by NBC's actions to Comedy Playground and its reputation is devastating and
irreversible. Even though NBC's contest has not yet formally begun, Comedy
Playground has already experienced multiple instances of actual confusion. If
permitted to continue, NBC's use of the COMEDY PLAYGROUND name and mark
will deceive the public about the relationship of the parties and effectively obliterate
Comedy Playground's hard earned reputation and goodwill.
THE PARTIES
4. Plaintiff Comedy Playground, LLC is a California limited liability
company with a principal place of business at 236 N. Catalina Avenue, Pasadena,
California 91106.
5. Defendant NBCUniversal Media, LLC is a Delaware limited liability
company, with a principal place of business at 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY
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2. While this case involves comedy, it's no laughing matter. For over a
decade, Plaintiff Comedy Playground has creatively employed the medium of
comedy to train youth, business people, and senior citizens alike in the skills of
public performance, comic timing, self esteem, public speaking, team building, and
personal achievement. Designed to appeal to participants of all ages, ethnicities, and
cultural backgrounds, Comedy Playground's programs have been implemented
regionally, nationally, and internationally, and enjoy a strong base of support among
parents, educators, and comedic professionals alike. Comedy Playground alumni
have gone on to professional entertainment careers, including the comedy club
circuit, television commercials, successful sitcoms, and feature films.
3. Ironically, despite Comedy Playground's longstanding nationwide
rights in the COMEDY PLAYGROUND name and mark, NBC has adopted the
identical name and mark for its own nationwide contest to identify fresh, comedic
talent for new television comedies to air on NBC television networks. The harm
caused by NBC's actions to Comedy Playground and its reputation is devastating and
irreversible. Even though NBC's contest has not yet formally begun, Comedy
Playground has already experienced multiple instances of actual confusion. If
permitted to continue, NBC's use of the COMEDY PLAYGROUND name and mark
will deceive the public about the relationship of the parties and effectively obliterate
Comedy Playground's hard earned reputation and goodwill.
THE PARTIES
4. Plaintiff Comedy Playground, LLC is a California limited liability
company with a principal place of business at 236 N. Catalina Avenue, Pasadena,
California 91106.
5. Defendant NBCUniversal Media, LLC is a Delaware limited liability
company, with a principal place of business at 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY
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and NBC reside in different states, namely, California and New York, respectively,
and the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000 exclusive of interest and costs. This
court has personal jurisdiction over Defendant, and venue is proper in the Central
District of California pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391(b) and (c). Defendant is doing
business in this District, and a substantial portion of Defendant's unlawful activities
has taken place in this District.
COMEDY PLAYGROUND AND ITS FEDERALLY REGISTERED
"COMEDY PLAYGROUND" TRADEMARK
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16 Hollywood, and offering on-going performances from the world-famous Hollywood
17 Improv since 2004, Comedy Playground is an entertainment company that provides
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20 9. Comedy Playground is run by professional comediennes; its founder
21 boasts such comedy credits as The Improv, The Comedy Store, Comedy Union, and
22 Laugh Factory, among dozens of other venues. Its student body spans all ages and
23 demographics, from teens, to corporations, to senior citizens. And its alumni have
24 gone on to the professional comedy club circuit as well as successful sitcoms and
25 feature films.
26 10. Comedy Playground has used COMEDY PLAYGROUND as both its
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and NBC reside in different states, namely, California and New York, respectively,
and the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000 exclusive of interest and costs. This
court has personal jurisdiction over Defendant, and venue is proper in the Central
District of California pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391(b) and (c). Defendant is doing
business in this District, and a substantial portion of Defendant's unlawful activities
has taken place in this District.
COMEDY PLAYGROUND AND ITS FEDERALLY REGISTERED
"COMEDY PLAYGROUND" TRADEMARK
8. Founded in Los Angeles in 2002 at the McCadden Theater III
16 Hollywood, and offering on-going performances from the world-famous Hollywood
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21 boasts such comedy credits as The Improv, The Comedy Store, Comedy Union, and
22 Laugh Factory, among dozens of other venues. Its student body spans all ages and
23 demographics, from teens, to corporations, to senior citizens. And its alumni have
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26 10. Comedy Playground has used COMEDY PLAYGROUND as both its
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launch. It has also maintained an active online presence across social media
channels including a Facebook page, communications on Twitter using the
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live fund-raising events, and by bringing its special brand of humor and compassion
to charities including Children Affected by Aids, the Cancer Awareness Club, A
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community-based non-profit focused on youth development in East, LA), the Teak
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Place Called Home (a charity serving youth in South Central, LA), Legacy LA (a
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to youth in the Los Angeles area, offering on-site programs in local schools, and to
disadvantaged inner-city and at-risk kids through local organizations such as the
Hollywood YMCA, the Hollywood Boys and Girls Club, Los Angeles Hollygrove,
as well as extending scholarship opportunities to children working with inner-city
community organizations.
14. Over the years since its inception, numerous high-profile comedians
have contributed both their time and considerable talent to furthering Comedy
Playground's youth-based community and charitable efforts, both as supporters and
guest speakers/artists.
15. Comedy Playground owns the following valid, subsisting federal
trademark registration for its COMEDY PLAYGROUND mark for its vanous
entertainment and educational services, the details of which appear below:
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16. Comedy Playground' s registration for its COMEDY PLAYGROUND
mark constitutes prima facie evidence of the validity of that mark, of Comedy
Playground's ownership of that mark, and of Comedy Playground's exclusive right
to use that mark.
DEFENDANT AND ITS WRONGFUL ACTS
17. On April 8, 2014, NBC announced the launch of COMEDY
PLAYGROUND, "a contest intended to identify talent for the development of two
new television comedies for the NBC television network." NBC subsequently
launched a website devoted to the contest at www.nbccomedyplayground.com. A
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(A printout of this registration from the United States Patent and Trademark Office
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16. Comedy Playground' s registration for its COMEDY PLAYGROUND
mark constitutes prima facie evidence of the validity of that mark, of Comedy
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to use that mark.
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17. On April 8, 2014, NBC announced the launch of COMEDY
PLAYGROUND, "a contest intended to identify talent for the development of two
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samples of their existing comedy work, sitcom pitch, and resume. After several
rounds of judging, an Advisory Board-comprised of "today's top names in
comedy"- will choose two on-air winners. From the remaining finalists, the public
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developed into a television show by NBC. And the digital winner will have his or
her sitcom pitch developed into a "Digital Program" for online broadcast.
20. According to NBC's website, the COMEDY PLAYGROUND contest
will formally launch on May 1, 2014 at 12:00 am EST and end "the date that the
Digital Winner is chosen." The submission period is due to run from May 1, 2014
through June 30, 2014.
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has been the subject of numerous articles in the entertainment press and constant
coverage in the same social media channels used by Comedy Playground.
22. In the short time since its announcement, NBC's COMEDY
PLAYGROUND has already caused actual confusion with Comedy Playground.
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social media channels from consumers who mistakenly believe that Comedy
Playground is responsible for or involved with the NBC promotion.
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samples of their existing comedy work, sitcom pitch, and resume. After several
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comedy"-will choose two on-air winners. From the remaining finalists, the public
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20. According to NBC's website, the COMEDY PLAYGROUND contest
will formally launch on May 1, 2014 at 12:00 am EST and end "the date that the
Digital Winner is chosen." The submission period is due to run from May 1, 2014
through June 30, 2014.
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has been the subject of numerous articles in the entertainment press and constant
coverage in the same social media channels used by Comedy Playground.
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INJURY TO COMEDY PLAYGROUND AND THE PUBLIC
24. If not stopped, NBC's use of COMEDY PLAYGROUND is likely to
continue to cause confusion, mistake, and deception as to the source or origin of
NBC's contest, and is likely to falsely suggest a sponsorship, connection, license, or
association between NBC and/or its contest with Comedy Playground, thereby
injuring Comedy Playground, and the public.
25. NBC's actions are also likely to cause "reverse confusion," i.e., NBC
will so saturate the market with its COMEDY PLAYGROUND mark that Comedy
Playground's reputation and goodwill will be dwarfed and consumers will
erroneously believe that Comedy Playground's services emanate from or are
sponsored by NBC.
26. NBC's activities have caused, and unless immediately enjoined will
continue to cause, irreparable harm to Comedy Playground and its federally
registered COMEDY PLAYGROUND mark.
27. NBC' s activities have caused, and unless immediately enjoined will
continue to cause, irreparable harm to both Comedy Playground and consumers, who
have an interest in being free from confusion, mistake, and deception.
28. Comedy Playground has suffered actual damages to be proven at trial.
29. Comedy Playground has no adequate remedy at law.
FIRST CLAIM FOR RELIEF
Federal Trademark Infringement under
Section 32(1) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1114(1)
23 30. Comedy Playground repeats and realleges each and every allegation set
24 forth in paragraphs 1 through 29 of this Complaint.
25 31. NBC is using in commerce Comedy Playground's registered
26 COMEDY PLAYGROUND trademark in connection with the sale, offer for sale,
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24. If not stopped, NBC's use of COMEDY PLAYGROUND is likely to
continue to cause confusion, mistake, and deception as to the source or origin of
NBC's contest, and is likely to falsely suggest a sponsorship, connection, license, or
association between NBC and/or its contest with Comedy Playground, thereby
injuring Comedy Playground, and the public.
25. NBC's actions are also likely to cause "reverse confusion," i.e., NBC
will so saturate the market with its COMEDY PLAYGROUND mark that Comedy
Playground's reputation and goodwill will be dwarfed and consumers will
erroneously believe that Comedy Playground's services emanate from or are
sponsored by NBC.
26. NBC's activities have caused, and unless immediately enjoined will
continue to cause, irreparable harm to Comedy Playground and its federally
registered COMEDY PLAYGROUND mark.
27. NBC' s activities have caused, and unless immediately enjoined will
continue to cause, irreparable harm to both Comedy Playground and consumers, who
have an interest in being free from confusion, mistake, and deception.
28. Comedy Playground has suffered actual damages to be proven at trial.
29. Comedy Playground has no adequate remedy at law.
FIRST CLAIM FOR RELIEF
Federal Trademark Infringement under
Section 32(1) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1114(1)
23 30. Comedy Playground repeats and realleges each and every allegation set
24 forth in paragraphs 1 through 29 of this Complaint.
25 31. NBC is using in commerce Comedy Playground's registered
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SECOND CLAIM FOR RELIEF
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Passing Off, and Unfair Competition under
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7 33. NBC is using in 'commerce a word, term, name, and false designation
8 of origin that, in connection with its commercial activities, is likely to cause
9 confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or
10 association of NBC with Comedy Playground, or as to the origin, sponsorship, or
11 approval of NBC, its products, and its commercial activities by or with Comedy
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Unfair Competition under California's Unfair Trade Practices Statute
Section 17200 et seq. of the Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code
16 34. Comedy Playground repeats and realleges each and every allegation set
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18 35. In connection with the sale and distribution of the infringing products,
19 NBC has engaged in unfair methods of competition, including unlawful, unfair,
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Common Law Trademark Infringement and Unfair Competition
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8 of origin that, in connection with its commercial activities, is likely to cause
9 confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or
10 association of NBC with Comedy Playground, or as to the origin, sponsorship, or
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Unfair Competition under California's Unfair Trade Practices Statute
Section 17200 et seq. of the Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code
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18 35. In connection with the sale and distribution of the infringing products,
19 NBC has engaged in unfair methods of competition, including unlawful, unfair,
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PRAYER FOR RELIEF
Comedy Playground requests that this Court enter judgment in its favor on
each and every claim for relief set forth above and award it relief including, but not
limited to, the following:
A. An Order holding that NBC's actions described above infringe and
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distributors, dealers, and all persons in active concert or participation with any of
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(1) From usmg the COMEDY PLAYGROUND mark, or any other
trademarks, trade names, logos, and other names or identifiers that are
confusingly similar to or dilutive of the COMEDY PLAYGROUND
mark, in any manner or form, with any products or services (or vice
versa).
(2) From representing or suggesting, by any means whatsoever, directly or
indirectly, that NBC, any products offered by NBC, or any activities
undertaken by NBC, are sponsored or approved by, or are associated,
affiliated, or connected with Comedy Playground in any way (or vice
versa).
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PRAYER FOR RELIEF
Comedy Playground requests that this Court enter judgment in its favor on
each and every claim for relief set forth above and award it relief including, but not
limited to, the following:
A. An Order holding that NBC' s actions described above infringe and
dilute Comedy Playground's COMEDY PLAYGROUND trademark, and that NBC's
actions thus constitute federal and state trademark infringement and unfair
competition as detailed above.
B. An Order preliminarily and permanently enjoining NBC, its employees,
agents, officers, directors, shareholders, subsidiaries, related companies, affiliates,
distributors, dealers, and all persons in active concert or participation with any of
them:
(1) From usmg the COMEDY PLAYGROUND mark, or any other
trademarks, trade names, logos, and other names or identifiers that are
confusingly similar to or dilutive of the COMEDY PLAYGROUND
mark, in any manner or form, with any products or services (or vice
versa).
(2) From representing or suggesting, by any means whatsoever, directly or
indirectly, that NBC, any products offered by NBC, or any activities
undertaken by NBC, are sponsored or approved by, or are associated,
affiliated, or connected with Comedy Playground in any way (or vice
versa).
C. An Order requiring NBC to deliver for destruction all products and
associated materials containing or referring to the infringing mark in its possession,
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infringing mark in its possession, custody, or control, or in the possession, custody,
or control of any of its agents or representatives.
E. An Order directing NBC to file with this Court and serve on Comedy
Playground's attorneys; within thirty (30) days after the date of entry of any
injunction, a report in writing and under oath setting forth in detail the manner and
form in which they have complied with this injunction.
F. An Order requiring NBC to account for and pay to Comedy Playground
any and all profits arising from NBC's unlawful acts and that such profits be
increased in accordance with 15 U.S.C. § 1117 and other applicable laws.
G. An Order requiring NBC to pay Comedy Playground damages in an
amount to be determined, and that such damages be trebled in accordance with 15
U.S.C. § 1117 and other applicable laws.
H. An Order requiring NBC to pay Comedy Playground its costs and
attorneys' fees in this action pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 1117 and other applicable laws.
1. Any such other relief as the Court may deem appropriate.
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ALAN JA ElL (SBN 63153)
GAIMS WElL WEST LLf
1875 Century Park East, It Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067-2513
Douglas A. Rettew (Pro Hac Vice in process)
Julia Anne Matheson (SBN 214163) -
FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FAMBOW,
GARRETT & DUNNER, L.L.P.
901 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
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or control of any of its agents or representatives.
E. An Order directing NBC to file with this Court and serve on Comedy
Playground's attorneys, within thirty (30) days after the date of entry of any
injunction, a report in writing and under oath setting forth in detail the manner and
form in which they have complied with this injunction.
F. An Order requiring NBC to account for and pay to Comedy Playground
any and all profits arising from NBC's unlawful acts and that such profits be
increased in accordance with 15 U.S.C. § 1117 and other applicable laws.
G. An Order requiring NBC to pay Comedy Playground damages in an
amount to be determined, and that such damages be trebled in accordance with 15
U.S.C. § 1117 and other applicable laws.
H. An Order requiring NBC to pay Comedy Playground its costs and
attorneys' fees in this action pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 1117 and other applicable laws.
I. Any such other relief as the Court may deem appropriate.
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GAIMS WElL WEST LLf
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Los Angeles, California 90067-2513
Douglas A. Rettew (Pro Hac Vice in process)
Julia Anne Matheson (SBN 214163) -
FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FA!UBOW,
GARRETT & DUNNER, L.L.P.
901 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
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GAIMS WElL WEST LLf
1875 Century Park East, It Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067-2513
Douglas A. Rettew (Pro Hac Vice in process)
Julia Anne Matheson (SBN 214163) -
FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW,
GARRETT & DUNNER, L.L.P.
901 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
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GAIMS WElL WEST LLf
1875 Century Park East, It Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067-2513
Douglas A. Rettew (Pro Hac Vice in process)
Julia Anne Matheson (SBN 214163) -
FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW,
GARRETT & DUNNER, L.L.P.
901 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CIVIL COVER SHEET
I. (a) PLAINTIFFS ( Check box if you are representing yourself 0 ) DEFENDANTS ( Check box if you are representing yourself 0 )
COMEDY PLAYGROUND, LLC
(b) County of Residence of First Listed Plaintiff Los Angeles
(EXCEPT IN u.s. PLAINTIFF CASES)
(c) Attorneys (Firm Name, Address and Telephone Number) If you are
representing yourself, provide the same information.
Alan Jay Weil (SBN 63153)
GAIMS WElL WESTLLP; Telephone (310) 407-4526
1875 Century Park East, Suite 1200
Los Angeles, California 90067
II. BASIS OF JURISDICTION (Place an X in one box only.)
o 1. U.s. Government
Plaintiff
o 2. U.s. Government
Defendant
[g] 3. Federal Question (U.s.
Government Not a Party)
04. Diversity (Indicate Citizenship
of Parties in Item III)
IV. ORIGIN (Place an X in one box only.)
NBCUNIVERSAL MEDIA, LLC
County of Residence of First Listed Defendant
(IN U.S. PLAINTIFF CASES ONL Y)
Attorneys (Firm Name, Address and Telephone Number) If you are
representing yourself, provide the same information.
III. CITIZENSHIP OF PRINCIPAL PARTIES-For Diversity Cases Only
(Place an X in one box for plaintiff and one for defendant)
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Reopened District (Specify) Litigation
V. REQUESTED IN COMPLAINT: JURY DEMAND: [g] Yes 0 No (Check "Yes" only if demanded in complaint.)
CLASS ACTION under F.R.Cv.P. 23: DYes 0 No [g] MONEY DEMANDED IN COMPLAINT: $ >$75,000
VI. CAUSE OF ACTION (Cite the u.s. Civil Statute under which you are filing and write a brief statement of cause. Do not cite jurisdictional statutes unless diversity.)
Trademark infringement, 15 USC §1114(l), 15 USC §1125(a)(1)(A); 28 USC §1332
VII. NATURE OF SUIT (Place an X in one box only).
375 False Claims Act
Habeas Corpus: o 820 Copyrights
400 State
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o 463 Alien Detainee
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Reapportionment o 510 Motions to Vacate
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CIVIL COVER SHEET
VIII. VENUE: Your answers to the questions below will determine the division of the Court to which this case will most likely be initially assigned. This initial assignment
is subject to change, in accordance with the Court's General Orders, upon review by the Court of your Complaint or Notice of Removal.
Question A: Was this case removed from
state court?
INITIAL DIVISION IN CACD IS:
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Western
If "no, " go to Question B. If "yes," check the
box to the right that applies, enter the
corresponding division in response to
Question D, below, and skip to Section IX.
o Ventura, Santa Barbara, or San Luis Obispo
Western
o Orange
o Riverside or San Bernardino
Question B: Is the United States, or one of '
its agencies or employees, a party to this
action?
o Yes No
If "no, " go to Question C. If "yes," check the
box to the right that applies, enter the
corresponding division in response to
Question D, below, and skip to Section IX.
o Los Angeles
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o Other
  .'. i ..... i.... . .....
. Then thetk the. !;>Pl\ below forth'ecounty in
'!'iwhich the majority.of PLAINTIFFS reside.
o Los Angeles
o Ventura, Santa Barbara, or San Luis
Obispo
o Orange
o Riverside or San Bernardino
o Other
Southern
Eastern
INITIAL
DIVISION IN
CACDIS:
Western
Western
Southern
Eastern
Western
C.l. Is either of the following true? If so, check the one that applies: C.2. Is either of the following true? If so, check the one that applies:
D 2 or more answers in Column C
D only 1 answer in Column C and no answers in Column D
Your case will initially be assigned to the
SOUTHERN DIVISION.
Enter "Southern" in response to Question D, below.
If none applies, answer question C2 to the right. ...
D 2 or more answers in Column D
D only 1 answer in Column D and no answers in Column C
Your case will initially be assigned to the
EASTERN DIVISION.
Enter "Eastern" in response to Question D, below.
If none applies, go to the box below.
Your case will initially be assigned to the
WESTERN DIVISION.
Enter "Western" in response to Question D below.
Question 0: Initial Division? INITIAL DIVISION IN CACD
Enter the initial division determined by Question A, B, or C above:
Western
F.
Other
D
D
D
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CIVIL COVER SHEET
IX(a). IDENTICAL CASES: Has this action been previously filed in this court and dismissed, remanded or closed? [8] NO DYES
If yes, list case number(s):
IX(b). RELATED CASES: Have any cases been previously filed in this court that are related to the present case? [8] NO DYES
If yes, list case number(s):
Civil cases are deemed related if a previously filed case and the present case:
(Check all boxes that apply) D A. Arise from the same or closely related transactions, happenings, or events; or
D B. Call for determination of the same or substantially related or similar questions of law and fact; or
D C For other reasons would entail substantial duplication of labor if heard by different judges; or
D D. Involve the same patent, trademark or copyright. and one of the factors identified above in a, b or c also is present.
X. SIGNATURE OF ATTORNEY
(OR SELF-REPRESENTED LITIGANT): _/5_1 ________________ _
DATE: April 23, 2014
Notice to Counsel/Parties: The CV-71 (JS-44) Civil Cover Sheet and the information contained herein neither replace nor supplement the filing and service of pleadings or
other papers as required by law. This form, approved by the Judicial Conference ofthe United States in September 1974, is required pursuant to Local Rule 3-1 is not filed
but is used by the Clerk of the Court for the purpose of statistics, venue and initiating the civil docket sheet. (For more detailed instructions, see separate instructions sheet).
Key to Statistical codes relating to Social Security Cases:
Nature of Suit Code Abbreviation
861 HIA
862 BL
863 DIWC
863 DIWW
864 SSID
865 RSI
CV-71 (11113)
Substantive Statement of Cause of Action
All claims for health insurance benefits (Medicare) under Title 18, Part A, of the Social Security Act, as amended. Also,
include claims by hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, etc., for certification as providers of services under the program.
(42 U.S.C 1935FF(b))
All claims for "Black Lung" benefits under Title 4, Part B, of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969. (30 U.s.C
923)
All claims filed by insured workers for disability insurance be.nefits under Title 2 of the Social Security Act, as amended; plus
all claims filed for child's insurance benefits based on disability. (42 U.s.C 405 (g))
All claims filed for widows or widowers insurance benefits based on disability under Title 2 of the Social Security Act, as
amended. (42 U.s.C 405 (g))
All claims for supplemental security income payments based upon disability filed under Title 16 of the Social Security Act, as
amended.
All claims for retirement (old age) and survivors benefits under Title 2 of the Social Security Act, as amended.
(42 U.S.C 405 (g))
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