FORSYTH v MPAA: DEFENDANTS’ STATEMENT OF RECENT DECISION, Oct 6, 2016

October 6, 2016 11:06 pm by Gene Borio

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Defendants respectfully submit the following recent decision and case development that followed Defendants’ filing of their Reply on the motion to strike/motion to dismiss, Dkt. No. 48.

1. On September 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Hon. Stephen V. Wilson) entered an order granting with prejudice defendants’ motion to dismiss and granting defendants’ motion to strike (pursuant to the anti-SLAPP statute) the complaint in Anthony v. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., No. 2:15-cv-09593-SVW-JPR (C.D. Cal. Sept. 28, 2016) (Ex. A hereto).

2. On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in In re Tam, 808 F.3d 1331 (Fed. Cir. 2015) (en banc), which Defendants cited in their reply brief. The grant of certiorari is available at Lee v. Tam, No. 15-1293, 2016 WL 1587871, at *1 (S. Ct. Sept. 29, 2016) (Ex. B hereto). The petition for writ of certiorari in Lee is attached as Exhibit C and the respondent’s brief, which agreed the Court should grant certiorari, is attached as Exhibit D. The question presented by the petition is “Whether the disparagement provision in [the Lanham Act] is facially invalid under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.”

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Case 3:16-cv-00935-RS Document 51 Filed 10/06/16 Page 1 of 3

GLENN D. POMERANTZ (SBN 112503)

glenn.pomerantz@mto.com

MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON LLP

355 South Grand Avenue, Thirty-Fifth FloorLos Angeles, California 90071-1560Telephone: (213) 683-9100

Facsimile: (213) 687-3702

KELLY M. KLAUS (SBN 161091)

kelly.klaus@mto.com

ACHYUT J. PHADKE (SBN 261567)

achyut.phadke@mto.com

ADAM I. KAPLAN (SBN 268182)

adam.kaplan@mto.com

MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON LLP

560 Mission Street, Twenty-Seventh Floor

San Francisco, California 94105-2907

Telephone: (415) 512-4000

Facsimile: (415) 512-4077

Attorneys for Defendants Motion Picture

Association of America, Inc., Walt DisneyStudios Motion Pictures, Paramount Pictures

Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.,

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation,

Universal City Studios LLC, and Warner Bros.

Entertainment Inc.

K. LEE MARSHALL (SBN 277092)

klmarshall@bryancave.com

ROGER MYERS (SBN 146164)

roger.myers@bryancave.com

ALEXANDRA WHITWORTH, (SBN 303046)

alex.whitworth@bryancave…. CAVE LLP

560 Mission Street, Suite 2500

San Francisco, California 94105

Tel: (415) 675-3400 /Fax: (415) 675-3434

Attorneys for Defendant National Association of Theatre Owners

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

TIMOTHY FORSYTH, individually and on
behalf of a class of similarly situated
individuals,

Plaintiff,

vs.

MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION
OF AMERICA, INC., et al.,

Defendants.

Case No. 3:16-cv-00935-RS

DEFENDANTS’ STATEMENT OF
RECENT DECISION

Date: October 28, 2016

Time: 1:30 pm

Place: Courtroom 3, 17th Floor

Judge: Hon. Richard Seeborg

3:16-cv-00935-RS

DEFS.’ STATEMENT OF RECENT DECISION

Case 3:16-cv-00935-RS Document 51 Filed 10/06/16 Page 2 of 3

Pursuant to Local Rule 7-3(d)(2), Defendants respectfully submit the following recent
decision and case development that followed Defendants’ filing of their Reply on the motion to
strike/motion to dismiss, Dkt. No. 48.

1. On September 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of
California (Hon. Stephen V. Wilson) entered an order granting with prejudice defendants’ motion
to dismiss and granting defendants’ motion to strike (pursuant to the anti-SLAPP statute) the
complaint in Anthony v. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., No. 2:15-cv-09593-SVW-JPR
(C.D. Cal. Sept. 28, 2016) (Ex. A hereto).

2. On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in In re Tam, 808
F.3d 1331 (Fed. Cir. 2015) (en banc), which Defendants cited in their reply brief. The grant of
certiorari is available at Lee v. Tam, No. 15-1293, 2016 WL 1587871, at *1 (S. Ct. Sept. 29, 2016)
(Ex. B hereto). The petition for writ of certiorari in Lee is attached as Exhibit C and the
respondent’s brief, which agreed the Court should grant certiorari, is attached as Exhibit D. The
question presented by the petition is “Whether the disparagement provision in [the Lanham Act] is
facially invalid under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.”
Respectfully submitted,

DATED: October 6, 2016 MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON LLP

By: /s/ Kelly M. Klaus

KELLY M. KLAUS

Attorneys for MPAA and Studio Defendants

BRYAN CAVE LLP

By: /s/ K. Lee Marshall

K. LEE MARSHALL
Attorneys for NATO

-1-3:16-cv-00935-RS

DEFS.’ STATEMENT OF RECENT DECISION

Case 3:16-cv-00935-RS Document 51 Filed 10/06/16 Page 3 of 3

In accordance with Civil Local Rule 5-1(i), the filer attests that each of the above
signatories have concurred in the filing of this document.

DATED: October 6, 2016 By: /s/ Kelly M. Klaus

KELLY M. KLAUS

-2-3:16-cv-00935-RS

DEFS.’ STATEMENT OF RECENT DECISION

Case 3:16-cv-00935-RS Document 51 Filed 10/06/16 Page 1 of 3

GLENN D. POMERANTZ (SBN 112503)

glenn.pomerantz@mto.com

MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON LLP

355 South Grand Avenue, Thirty-Fifth FloorLos Angeles, California 90071-1560Telephone: (213) 683-9100

Facsimile: (213) 687-3702

KELLY M. KLAUS (SBN 161091)

kelly.klaus@mto.com

ACHYUT J. PHADKE (SBN 261567)

achyut.phadke@mto.com

ADAM I. KAPLAN (SBN 268182)

adam.kaplan@mto.com

MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON LLP

560 Mission Street, Twenty-Seventh Floor

San Francisco, California 94105-2907

Telephone: (415) 512-4000

Facsimile: (415) 512-4077

Attorneys for Defendants Motion Picture

Association of America, Inc., Walt DisneyStudios Motion Pictures, Paramount Pictures

Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.,

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation,

Universal City Studios LLC, and Warner Bros.

Entertainment Inc.

K. LEE MARSHALL (SBN 277092)

klmarshall@bryancave.com

ROGER MYERS (SBN 146164)

roger.myers@bryancave.com

ALEXANDRA WHITWORTH, (SBN 303046)

alex.whitworth@bryancave…. CAVE LLP

560 Mission Street, Suite 2500

San Francisco, California 94105

Tel: (415) 675-3400 /Fax: (415) 675-3434

Attorneys for Defendant National Association of Theatre Owners

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

TIMOTHY FORSYTH, individually and on behalf of a class of similarly situated individuals,

Plaintiff,

vs.

MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC., et al.,

Defendants.

Case No. 3:16-cv-00935-RS

DEFENDANTS’ STATEMENT OF RECENT DECISION

Date: October 28, 2016

Time: 1:30 pm

Place: Courtroom 3, 17th Floor

Judge: Hon. Richard Seeborg

3:16-cv-00935-RS

DEFS.’ STATEMENT OF RECENT DECISION

Case 3:16-cv-00935-RS Document 51 Filed 10/06/16 Page 2 of 3

Pursuant to Local Rule 7-3(d)(2), Defendants respectfully submit the following recent decision and case development that followed Defendants’ filing of their Reply on the motion to strike/motion to dismiss, Dkt. No. 48.

1. On September 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Hon. Stephen V. Wilson) entered an order granting with prejudice defendants’ motion to dismiss and granting defendants’ motion to strike (pursuant to the anti-SLAPP statute) the complaint in Anthony v. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., No. 2:15-cv-09593-SVW-JPR (C.D. Cal. Sept. 28, 2016) (Ex. A hereto).

2. On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in In re Tam, 808 F.3d 1331 (Fed. Cir. 2015) (en banc), which Defendants cited in their reply brief. The grant of certiorari is available at Lee v. Tam, No. 15-1293, 2016 WL 1587871, at *1 (S. Ct. Sept. 29, 2016) (Ex. B hereto). The petition for writ of certiorari in Lee is attached as Exhibit C and the respondent’s brief, which agreed the Court should grant certiorari, is attached as Exhibit D. The question presented by the petition is “Whether the disparagement provision in [the Lanham Act] is facially invalid under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.” Respectfully submitted,

DATED: October 6, 2016 MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON LLP

By: /s/ Kelly M. Klaus

KELLY M. KLAUS

Attorneys for MPAA and Studio Defendants

BRYAN CAVE LLP

By: /s/ K. Lee Marshall

K. LEE MARSHALL Attorneys for NATO

-1-3:16-cv-00935-RS

DEFS.’ STATEMENT OF RECENT DECISION

Case 3:16-cv-00935-RS Document 51 Filed 10/06/16 Page 3 of 3

In accordance with Civil Local Rule 5-1(i), the filer attests that each of the above signatories have concurred in the filing of this document.

DATED: October 6, 2016 By: /s/ Kelly M. Klaus

KELLY M. KLAUS

-2-3:16-cv-00935-RS

DEFS.’ STATEMENT OF RECENT DECISION

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