- Semantic Shenanigans Episode 16 – Wakanda Driving Privileges - May 13, 2018
- Semantic Shenanigans Episode 15 – Coldplay Justice - January 27, 2018
- Indie Writer Woes – Protect Yourselves! - November 17, 2017
Dr. Seuss Enterprises vs. ComicMix LLC et al
ComicMix. David Gerrold. Dr. Seuss. What do these all have in common? Why, it’s lawsuit time, yet again! And I am here to help you get through it. So if you have been following our Axanar coverage, or the coverage over a the G & T Show, then you’ve got a leg up on anyone who hasn’t. Because this case is similar.
This case was brought in the Southern District of California. And like all other copyright matters, it is a Federal civil case. Hence jail time is not on the table. Instead, we are talking about money.
I am a retired attorney and I am here to guide you through the documents. Please feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to answer them. We will cover this case even if it settles as we feel it dovetails well with our audience’s interests.
So on the first page, we see that this is a copyright matter, but also that jurisdiction is claimed due to Federal question (e. g. copyright) and what is called diversity jurisdiction. Diversity jurisdiction is satisfied because the amount in controversy hits the minimum and the plaintiff is in California whereas one of the defendants is a Connecticut corporation and another is a resident of New Jersey. And another defendant is from Toronto.
Furthermore, we learn the full name of the case, to wit:
DR. SEUSS ENTERPRISES, L.P., a California limited partnership, Plaintiff,
COMICMIX LLC, a Connecticut limited liability company; MR. GLENN
HAUMAN, an individual; MR. DAVID JERROLD FRIEDMAN A/K/A DAVID
GERROLD, an individual; and MR. TY TEMPLETON, an individual, Defendants.
And plaintiff is represented by Gina Dunham of DLA Piper, LLP, an international law firm with an office in San Francisco. Ms. Dunham is a partner in the firm and is a 1999 graduate of DePaul University, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif (a legal honor society).
And now we get into the complaint itself.
First of all, the initial page contains the title of the case and serves as a cover page. In addition to Ms. Dunham, the following plaintiff’s lawyers are listed:
- Tamar Y. Duvdevani (pro hac vice pending) (out of the NYC office) – she is a 2002 graduate of Fordham Law School and her BA is from Cornell
- Marc E. Miller (pro hac vice pending) (out of the NYC office) – he is a 2010 cum laude graduate of New York Law School
- Ryan Compton (pro hac vice pending) (out of the DC office) – he is a 2003 graduate of the Emory University School of Law
- James Stewart (pro hac vice pending) (out of the DC office) – he is a 2014 graduate of the George Washington University School of Law
So apparently, aside from Ms. Dunham, the lawyers handling this matter are all associates in the Piper firm.