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  • 1. Case 2:09-cv-08872-SVW-VBK Document 10 Filed 12/22/09 Page 1 of 1 Page ID #:75 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL Case No. CV 09-8872 SVW (VBKx) Date December 22, 2009 Title No Doubt v. Activision Publishing, Inc. Present: The Honorable STEPHEN V. WILSON, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE Paul M. Cruz N/A Deputy Clerk Court Reporter / Recorder Tape No. Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Attorneys Present for Defendants: N/A N/A Proceedings: IN CHAMBERS ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY THIS COURT HAS SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION On December 3, 2009, Defendant Activision Publishing, Inc. ("Defendant") filed a Notice ofRemoval, bringing this case to federal court. On the face of the Complaint, Plaintiff No Doubt("Plaintiff" or "No Doubt") only alleges state law claims against Defendant: (1) fraudulent inducement;(2) violation of the rights of publicity under common law and California Civil Code § 3344; (3) breachof contract; (4) unfair business practices; (5) injunctive relief; and (6) rescission. Defendant contends,however, that Plaintiffs action is preempted by the Copyright Act. Federal courts have exclusivejurisdiction over copyright claims, see 28 U.S.C. § 1338(a); however, the issue is whether PlaintiffsComplaint, in substance, alleges a claim covered by the Copyright Act. This Court has an affirmative obligation to consider subject matter jurisdiction sua sponte inevery case, whether the issue is raised by the parties or not. Spencer Enters Inc. v. United States, 345F.3d 683, 687 (9th Cir. 2003). The Court feels that further briefing from both parties regarding the issueof whether Plaintiffs action is preempted by the Copyright Act would assist the Court in making thisdetermination. Thus, the Court orders each party to file simultaneous briefs, in accordance with thefollowing schedule: Opening Briefs, no greater than 20 pages in length: January 11, 2010 Opposing Briefs, no greater than 12 pages in length: January 19, 2010 Each party should use the opposing briefs to respond to arguments made by the other party, notto raise additional arguments. No reply briefs are necessary. : Initials of Preparer PMCCV-90 (06/04) CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL Page 1 of 1