The Facebook, Inc. v. Connectu, Inc et al

Filing 127

Declaration of I. Neel Chatterjee in Support of Facebook's Motion for Sanctions 126 filed by Mark Zuckerberg, The Facebook, Inc. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Notice re Under Seal Exs. J, U, BB, CC, DD, and EE# 2 Exhibit A# 3 Exhibit B# 4 Exhibit C# 5 Exhibit D# 6 Exhibit E# 7 Exhibit F# 8 Exhibit G# 9 Exhibit H# 10 Exhibit I# 11 Exhibit K# 12 Exhibit L# 13 Exhibit M# 14 Exhibit N# 15 Exhibit O# 16 Exhibit P# 17 Exhibit Q# 18 Exhibit R# 19 Exhibit S# 20 Exhibit T# 21 Exhibit V# 22 Exhibit W# 23 Exhibit X# 24 Exhibit Y# 25 Exhibit Z# 26 Exhibit AA# 27 Exhibit FF# 28 Exhibit GG# 29 Exhibit HH# 30 Exhibit II# 31 Exhibit JJ# 32 Exhibit KK# 33 Exhibit LL# 34 Exhibit MM# 35 Exhibit NN# 36 Exhibit OO# 37 Exhibit PP# 38 Exhibit QQ# 39 Exhibit RR# 40 Exhibit SS# 41 Exhibit TT# 42 Exhibit UU# 43 Exhibit VV# 44 Exhibit WW# 45 Exhibit XX# 46 Exhibit YY)(Related document(s) 126 ) (Chatterjee, I.) (Filed on 8/22/2007) Text modified on 8/24/2007 to conform to document caption post by counsel (bw, COURT STAFF).

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The Facebook, Inc. v. Connectu, LLC et al Doc. 127 Att. 20 Case 5:07-cv-01389-RS Document 127-21 Filed 08/22/2007 Page 1 of 5 EXHIBIT T Dockets.Justia.com Case 5:07-cv-01389-RS Document 127-21 Case 1:04-cv-11923-DPW Document 171 Filed 04/26/2006 Filed 08/22/2007 Page 12of 45 Page of IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS CONNECTU LLC, Plaintiff, v. MARK ZUCKERBERG, EDUARDO SAVERIN, DUSTIN MOSKOVITZ, ANDREW MCCOLLUM, CHRISTOPHER HUGHES, and FACEBOOK, INC., Defendants. MARK ZUCKERBERG and FACEBOOK, INC., Counterclaimants, v. CONNECTU LLC, Counterdefendant, and CAMERON WINKLEVOSS, TYLER WINKLEVOSS, and DIVYA NARENDRA, Additional Counterdefendants. RESPONSE TO NOTICE OF NEWLY IDENTIFIED AUTHORITY IN SUPPORT OF CONNECTU LLC'S OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO DISMISS On April 14, 2006 the Facebook Defendants filed a Notice of Newly Identified Authority in Support of Facebook Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. Specifically, Facebook Defendants asked the Court to apply the reasoning of Pramco LLC v. San Juan Bay Marina, Inc., 435 F.3d 51 (1st Cir. 2006), to Facebook Defendants' pending Motion. ConnectU notes, however, that the facts of the Pramco case are CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:04-cv-11923 (DPW) District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock Magistrate Judge Robert B. Collings Caase5:07-cv-01389-RS Document 127-21 C se 1:04-cv-11923-DPW Document 171 Filed 04/26/2006 Filed 08/22/2007 Page 23of 45 Page of distinguishable from those of the instant case, and thus the Court is under no obligation to apply Pramco to the current proceedings. Pramco, which was a case of first impression in the First Circuit, does not apply here because diversity was not lacking when the Complaint was filed on September 2, 2004, either on the face of the Complaint or in reality. Neither the Complaint (Dkt. 1) nor the Amended Complaint (Dkt. 13) alleges that Mr. Zuckerberg was a citizen of ANY state (as Facebook Defendants admitted in their amended reply (Dkt. 111, fn. 2)), Defendants have presented no evidence that he was a citizen of New York when the Complaint was filed, and neither Complaint alleges the domicile of the principals of ConnectU L.L.C. Further, Defendants denied in the November 18, 2004 Answer (Dkt. 14) to the Amended Complaint (there was no Answer to the original Complaint) that Mr. Zuckerberg had a place of residence in New York, and on July 26, 2004, when submitting a Certificate of Incorporation to the State of Delaware, Mr. Zuckerberg provided a California address. See Dkt. 107, Ex. 21 (TFB000060). Moreover, any alleged lack of diversity became moot when ConnectU filed the Amended Complaint on October 28, 2004, which based jurisdiction on a federal question (copyright infringement). See The Wellness Community-National v. Wellness House, 70 F.3d 46, 49 (7th Cir. 1995) ("[I]t is well established that the amended pleading supersedes the original pleading . . . . [t]hus our jurisdictional inquiry must proceed on the basis of the First Amended Complaint, not the original one."). The Amended Complaint therefore cured any defect in diversity that may have existed from September 2 to October 28, 2004. 28 U.S.C. 1653 ("Defective allegations of jurisdiction may be amended, upon terms, in the trial or appellate courts."). 2 Caase5:07-cv-01389-RS Document 127-21 C se 1:04-cv-11923-DPW Document 171 Filed 04/26/2006 Filed 08/22/2007 Page 34of 45 Page of Furthermore, Plaintiff has moved to amend the First Amended Complaint (Dkt. 163) to state that Defendant Zuckerberg's true domicile at the time the original Complaint and the First Amended Complaint were filed (and now), was (and is) the State of California. First Circuit law allows a plaintiff to cure jurisdictional defects to "avoid dismissals on technical grounds." Odisheldze v. Aetna Life & Casualty Co., 853 F.2d 21, 24 (1st Cir. 1988) (holding that plaintiff who incorrectly pleaded defendants' states of incorporation thereby failing to establish diversity jurisdiction on the face of the Complaint must be allowed to cure the deficiency by amending the Complaint). For these reasons, Plaintiff urges the Court to deny Facebook Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. DATED: April 26, 2006 /s/ John F. Hornick_________________ Lawrence R. Robins (BBO# 632610) Jonathan M. Gelchinsky (BBO# 656282) FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW, GARRETT & DUNNER, L.L.P. 55 Cambridge Parkway Cambridge, MA 02142 Telephone: (617) 452-1600 Facsimile: (617) 452-1666 larry.robins@finnegan.com jon.gelchinsky@finnegan.com John F. Hornick (pro hac vice) Margaret A. Esquenet (pro hac vice) Troy E. Grabow (pro hac vice) FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW, GARRETT & DUNNER, L.L.P. 901 New York Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20001 Telephone: (202) 408-4000 Facsimile: (202) 408-4400 Attorneys for Plaintiff and Counterclaim Defendant 3 Caase5:07-cv-01389-RS Document 127-21 C se 1:04-cv-11923-DPW Document 171 Filed 04/26/2006 Filed 08/22/2007 Page 45of 45 Page of CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that this document filed through the ECF system will be sent electronically to the registered participants as identified on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) and paper copies will be sent to those indicated as non registered participants on April 26, 2006 4

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