Reale v. Google LLC et al

Filing 78

Order by Judge Vince Chhabria granting 66 Motion to Dismiss. (vclc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/15/2022) Modified on 9/15/2022 (knm, COURT STAFF).

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Case 3:22-cv-00562-VC Document 78 Filed 09/15/22 Page 1 of 2 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA DANIEL REALE, Case No. 22-cv-00562-VC Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO DISMISS v. GOOGLE LLC, et al., Re: Dkt. No. 66 Defendants. The motion to dismiss the second amended complaint is granted. The monopolization claim under section 2 of the Sherman Act is dismissed because Reale fails to allege an antitrust injury resulting from anticompetitive conduct. 15 U.S.C. § 2. See Federal Trade Commission v. Qualcomm Incorporated, 969 F.3d 974, 990 (9th Cir. 2020). Removing Reale’s videos from YouTube on the basis that they violated the platform’s Terms of Service was not anticompetitive conduct. And any injury Reale suffered as a result of the removal was not “of the type the antitrust laws were intended to prevent” because he was not a competitor of YouTube nor was he overcharged for goods or services. City of Oakland v. Oakland Raiders, 20 F.4th 441, 456 (9th Cir. 2021). The dismissal is without leave to amend. Reale has twice failed to adequately state a monopolization claim, and further leave to amend would be futile. Reale cannot plead that the removal of two of his videos from YouTube constituted anticompetitive conduct or caused any harm to competition in any market. Having dismissed Reale’s federal claim, the Court again declines to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the remaining state-law claim. 28 U.S.C. § 1367(c)(3). This case Case 3:22-cv-00562-VC Document 78 Filed 09/15/22 Page 2 of 2 remains at an early stage, and concerns over comity, fairness, convenience, and judicial economy continue to weigh against keeping it in federal court. See Carnegie-Mellon University v. Cohill, 484 U.S. 343, 350 n.7 (1988). IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: September _15_, 2022 ______________________________________ VINCE CHHABRIA United States District Judge 2

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