PERRY v. CDS SOFTWARE, LLC
OPINION. Signed by Judge Jose L. Linares on 05/01/2017. (ek)
NOT FOR PUBLICATION
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
DAVID L. PERRY,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 17-1397 (JLL)
CDS SOFTWARE, LLC,
LINARES, District Judge
The defendant, CDS Software, LLC (hereinafter, “CDS”), moves pursuant to
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (hereinafter, “Rule”) 12(b)(6) to dismiss the claims that
are asserted against it in this action by the pro se plaintiff, David L. Perry. (See dkt. 3
Perry has not filed opposition to CDS’s motion.
The Court resolves CDS’s motion to dismiss upon a review of the papers and
without oral argument. See L.Civ.R. 78.1(b). For the following reasons, the Court grants
CDS’s motion to dismiss.
Perry alleges that CDS called his cellular telephone number without his express
consent at 9:24 A.M. on October 14, 2014, by using an Automatic Telephone Dialing
The Court will refer to documents by the docket entry numbers and the page
numbers imposed by the Electronic Case Filing System.
System (hereinafter, “ATDS”), and for a purpose that was not an emergency. Perry
further alleges that he is entitled to damages from CDS, because CDS’s conduct violated
the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (hereinafter, “the TCPA”). See 47 U.S.C.
In particular, Perry cites 47 u.s.c.
§ 227(b)(3), which provides for a private cause of
action for a violation of the TcPA. (See dkt. 1-1 at 1; dkt. 3-3 at 5.)
The court is guided by the following standards in resolving cDS’s motion to
It is not necessary for the Court to restate the standard for resolving a motion to
dismiss that is made pursuant to Rule 1 2(b)(6), because that standard has been already
enunciated. See Palakovic v. Wetzel, No. 16-2726, 2017 WL 1360772, at *5 (3d Cir.
Apr. 14, 2017) (precedential opinion setting forth the standard; explaining Bell Atl. Corp.
v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007), and Ashcroft v. Igbal, 556 U.S. 662 (2009)); Fowler v.
UPMC Shadyside, 578 F.3d 203, 209—12 (3d Cir. 2009) (setting forth the standard;
explaining Icibal and Twombly).
Unopposed Motions To Dismiss
The deadline for Perry to oppose CDS’s motion to dismiss has elapsed, and Perry
has failed to file any opposition. However, the Court is nevertheless required to address a
defendant’s motion to dismiss on the merits even if it is unopposed by a plaintiff. See
Jones v. Unemployment Comp. Bd. of Review, 381 Fed.Appx. 187, 189 (3d Cir. 2010);
Stackhouse v. Mazurldewicz, 951 F.2d 29, 30 (3d Cir. 1991).
Liberal Construction Of Pro Se Pleadings
The Court, in addressing CDS’s motion to dismiss: (1) construed Perry’s claims
liberally; and (2) accepted all of Perry’s factual allegations as being true, construed the
claims in the light most favorable to Perry, and considered whether Perry may be entitled
to relief in federal court under any reasonable reading of those claims.
Dep’t of Corrs., 634 Fed.Appx. 876, 878—79 (3d Cir. 2015) (citing Iqbal, Twombly,
Erickson v. Pardus, 551 U.S. 89 (2007), and Phillips v. County of Allegheny, 515 F.3d
224 (3d Cir. 2008)).
CBS’s Motion To Dismiss
ATDS technology is defined as equipment that has the capacity to store, produce,
and call telephone numbers using a random or a sequential number generator. See 47
The TCPA bans the use of ATDS equipment to call a particular phone number
without the express consent of the individual recipient, because AIDS equipment is
“invasive of privacy” and is an example of one of the “abuses of telephone technology.”
See Mirns v. Arrow Fin. Servs., LLC, 565 U.S. 368, 370—7 1 (2012) (explaining the
purpose of the ICPA, and holding that the federal courts and the state courts have
concurrent jurisdiction over private TCPA claims); Gager v. Dell Fin. Servs., LLC, 727
F.3d 265, 268 (3d Cir. 2013) (explaining the purpose of the TCPA).
The Motion Is Granted
It is uncontested, based upon CDS ‘s arguments in support of its motion to dismiss,
that CDS is in the business of merely designing and marketing software for other
companies. (See dkt. 3-1 at 5.) Furtherniore, it is uncontested that CDS has no direct
contact with consumers in general, and that CDS had no direct contact with Perry on
October 14, 2014, through telephone calls or otherwise. (See id.)
In addition, the Court notes that the complaint is bereft of even an allegation
concerning the contents of the telephone call that Perry received at 9:24 A.M. on October
14, 2014. CL Todd v. Citibank, No. 16-5204, 2017 WL 1502796, at *6 (D.N.J. Apr. 26,
2017) (denying a motion to dismiss a TCPA claim, because the plaintiff specifically
elaborated on the content of the pre-recorded message that he received, thereby lending
credence to his allegations against the defendant).
Other than specifically alleging Perry’s cellular telephone number, the complaint
offers nothing other than the types of conclusory and speculative statements that are
insufficient to counter CDS’s arguments. See Twombly, 550 U.S. at 555 (holding that
the factual allegations set forth in a complaint “must be enough to raise a right to relief
above the speculative level”); see also Zelma v. Burke, No. 16-2559, 2017 WL 58581, at
*4 (D.N.J. Jan. 4, 2017) (granting a motion to dismiss a TCPA claim, and reasoning that
the plaintiffs had failed to provide any facts beyond bald conclusions that the defendant
had placed any telephone calls to them). Thus, Perry fails to sufficiently allege that CDS
has violated the TCPA.
Therefore, CDS’s motion to dismiss is granted.
For the aforementioned reasons, the Court grants the motion to dismiss filed by the
defendant, CDS Software, LLC. The Court dismisses Perry’s claims.
The Court will enter an appropriate order and judgment.
J9$E L. UNARES
ited States District Judge
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