Phase II Chin, LLC et al v. Forum Shops, LLC et al

Filing 105

ANSWER to Complaint filed by Caesars Palace Realty Corp.. Certificate of Interested Parties due by 4/10/2009. Discovery Plan/Scheduling Order due by 5/15/2009.(Hendricks, JP)

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Phase II Chin, LLC et al v. Forum Shops, LLC et al Doc. 105 1 2 6 7 8 MORRIS PETERSON Steve Morris, No. 1543 Jean-Paul Hendricks, No. 10079 900 Bank of America Plaza 300 South Fourth Street Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 Telephone: (702) 474-9400 Facsimile: (702) 474-9422 Email: sm@morrislawgroup.com Email: jph@morrislawgroup.com Attorneys for Defendants Caesars Palace Corp. and Caesars Palace Realty Corp. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 11 DISTRICT OF NEVADA PHASE II CHIN, LLC and LOVE & MONEY, LLC, (formerly dba O.P.M.L.V., LLC, Plaintiffs, vs. FORUM SHOPS, LLC, FORUM DEVELOPERS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, SIMON PROPERTY GROUP LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, SIMON PROPERTY GROUP, INC., CAESARS PALACE CORP., and CAESARS PALACE REALTY CORP., Defendants. 12 13 14 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CASE NO. 2:08-cv-0162-JCM-GWF 1 16 17 DEFENDANT CAESARS PALACE REALTY CORP.'S ANSWER TO COMPLAINT 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 MORRIS PETERSON ATTORNEYS AT LAW 900 BANK OF AMERICA PLAZA 300 SOUTH FOURTH STREET LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89101 702/474-9400 FAX 702/474-9422 Defendants Caesars Palace Realty Corp. hereby answers the Complaint as follows: 1. Caesars Palace Realty Corp. lacks knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth or falsity of the allegations of paragraphs 1 through 6, 9 through 12, 14, 15, 17 through 25, 38,43 through 49, 52 through 54, 66, 69, 70, 72, 73, 75 through 78, 80 through 83, 85 through 88 and 94 through 96 and denies the allegations on that basis. Dockets.Justia.com 1 2. The allegations contained in paragraph 7 are not directed to 2 3 4 5 Caesars Palace Realty Corp. and therefore it denies these allegations on that basis. 3. Caesars Palace Realty Corp. admits that it is a corporation organized under the laws of the state of Nevada with its principal place of business at 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109. Caesars Palace Realty Corp. denies the remaining allegations in paragraph 8. 4. paragraphs 13. 5. Based upon information and belief, Caesars Palace Realty Corp. Caesars Palace Realty Corp. admits the allegations contained in 6 7 8 9 10 11 admits the allegations contained in paragraphs 16. 6. Caesars Palace Realty Corp. denies the allegations contained in 12 13 14 15 paragraphs 26 through 30, 32 through 37, 39 through 41, 50, 51, 55 through 62, 64, 65, 67, 68, 90 through 92, 98, 99, 101 through 104. 7. Paragraph 31 calls for a legal conclusion and requires no response. To the extent that this paragraph does contain allegations requiring a response, Caesars Palace Realty Corp. denies them. 8. Caesars Palace Realty Corp. admits that Gary Selesner met with 16 17 18 19 Michael Goodwin in February 2007. Caesars Palace Realty Corp. denies the remaining allegations contained in paragraph 42. 9. Caesars Palace Realty Corp. admits that it is willing to keep its 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 MORRIS PETERSON ATTORNEYS AT LAW 900 BANK OF AMERICA PLAZA 300 SOUTH FOURTH STREET LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89101 702/474-9400 FAX 702/474-9422 Forum Shops entrance open if OPM agrees to pay the increased cost of security. Caesars Palace Realty Corp. denies the remaining allegations contained in paragraph 63. 10. Caesars Palace Corp denies paragraphs 71, 74, 79, 84, 89, 93, 97 and 100 because they do not require a response, to the extent they do contain allegations requiring a response, Caesars Palace Realty Corp. denies them. 11. Caesars Palace Realty Corp. denies all allegations in plaintiff's - "Wherefore" clause on pages 25:18 26:10. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 12. Caesars Palace Realty Corp. denies any allegation contained in the complaint that it did not expressly and explicitly admit. AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSES 1. Plaintiff's complaint fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. Caesars Palace Realty Corp. reserves all rights to assert defamation actions against plaintiffs and plaintiffs' counsel. 2. limitations. 3. 4. 5. waiver. 6. 7. to state. 8. All actions alleged against Caesars Palace Realty Corp. were Plaintiffs claims are barred by the absence of privity. Plaintiffs lack standing to assert the claims they have attempted Plaintiffs' complaint is barred by the doctrine of unclean hands. Plaintiffs claims are barred by the doctrine of laches. Plaintiffs claims are barred by the doctrines of estoppel and/or Plaintiffs claims are barred by the applicable statute of 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 taken in good-faith in the reasonable belief that they were necessary and lawful. 9. Plaintiffs claims against Caesars Palace Realty Corp. are barred because it has not acted in concert with anyone with the intent to accomplish an unlawful objective or in any manner discriminate against Plaintiffs or patrons of OPM. 10. Plaintiffs claims against Caesars Palace Realty Corp. do not 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 MORRIS PETERSON ATTORNEYS AT LAW 900 BANK OF AMERICA PLAZA 300 SOUTH FOURTH STREET LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89101 702/474-9400 FAX 702/474-9422 arise out of or involve an impaired contractual relationship between the Plaintiffs and Caesars Palace Realty Corp. that would be required to support an action under 42 U.S.C. 1981. 1 2 3 4 5 PRAYERS FOR RELIEF WHEREFORE, Caesars Palace Realty Corp. prays for relief as follows: 1. 2. That plaintiffs take nothing by way of this complaint. Any and all other forms of relief that the court deems just and proper. MORRIS PETERSON ByAJ1' 8 9 10 Steve Morris, Bar No. 1543 Jean-Paul Hendricks, Bar No. 10079 900 Bank of America Plaza 300 South Fourth Street Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 Attorneys for Defendants Caesars Palace Corp. and Caesars Palace Realty Corp. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 MORRIS PETERSON ATTORNEYS AT LAW 900 BANK OF AMERICA PLAZA 300 SOUTH FOURTH STREET LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89101 702/474-9400 FAX 702/474-9422 1 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE 2 3 4 5 Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(b) and Section IV of District of Nevada Electronic Filing Procedures, I certify that I am an employee of Morris Peterson, and that the following documents were served via electronic service: DEFENDANT CAESARS PALACE REALTY CORP.'S ANSWER TO COMPLAINT 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 TO: C. Stanley Hunterton Pamela R. Lawson HUNTERTON & ASSOCIATES 333 South Sixth Street Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 Philip Heller FAGELBAUM & HELLER, LLP 2049 Century Park East, Suite 4250 Los Angeles, CA 90067 Attorneys for Plaintiff Phase II Chin, LLC Samuel S. Lionel LIONEL SAWYER & COLLINS 300 5. Fourth St., #1 700 Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 Attorneys for Defendants Forum Shops, LLC, Forum Developers Limited Partnership, Simon Property Group Limited Partnership, and Simon Property Group, Inc. Harold Gewerter GEWERTER LAW OFFICES 5440 W. Sahara Ave. Third Floor Las Vegas, Nevada 89146 Attorneys for Plaintiff Love & Money, LLC DATED this 19 20 21 22 23 24 I day of March, 2009. p Cjw j 25 26 27 28 MORRIS PETERSON ATTORNEYS AT LAW 900 RANK OF AMERICA PLAZA 300 SOUTH FOURTH STREET LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89101 702/474-9400 FAX 702/474-9422 5

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