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FBI Case: ICC I05071411389175

FBI Case: ICC I05071411389175
Civil Case:
Suit Filed in Alameda County Superior Court 11-07-05 Case# RG05241337

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Gap Complaint Updated 10 18 05 Gap Complaint Updated 10 18 05 Document Transcript

  • Mattaniah Eytan (State Bar No. 68561) 1 Eric Schenk (State Bar No. 100193) LAW OFFICES OF MATTANIAH EYTAN 2 21 Tamal Vista Blvd., Suite 219 Corte Madera, CA 94925 3 Counsel for plaintiffs Gerard Angé; 4 World Indigenous Network Corporation; and G.A.P. International 5 6 7 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA 8 COUNTY OF ALAMEDA – UNLIMITED CIVIL JURISDICTION 9 GERARD ANGÉ, an individual, G.A.P. ) Case No. 10 INTERNATIONAL, INC., a California ) Corporation; and WORLD INDIGENOUS ) 11 NETWORK CORP., a California ) corporation; ) COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES FOR 12 ) INTENTIONAL Plaintiffs, ) MISREPRESENTATION; 13 ) CONCEALMENT; FALSE PROMISE; v. ) CONVERSION; INDUCING BREACH 14 ) OF CONTRACT; INTENTIONAL ANTHONY TEMPLER, an individual; ) INTERFERENCE WITH 15 ATANDA WEB PRESENCE SERVICES; ) CONTRACTUAL RELATIONS; TOM KNIGHT, an individual; GAP ) NEGLIGENT INTERFERENCE WITH 16 INTERNATIONAL, INC., a Pennsylvania ) PROSPECTIVE ECONOMIC corporation; JON GREENAWALT, an ) RELATIONS; CONSPIRACY; and for 17 individual and DOES 1 - 25, inclusive, ) THE EQUITABLE REMEDIES OF AN ACCOUNTING AND DECLARATORY 18 Defendants. RELIEF. 19 20 Plaintiffs Gerard Angé; G.A.P. International, Inc., and World Indigenous Network 21 Corporation allege as follows: 22 THE PARTIES 23 1. Plaintiff Gerard Angé is an individual living in the State of California. Plaintiff 24 World Indigenous Network Corporation is a corporation licensed to do business in the State of 25 California. G.A.P. International is a Corporation, incorporated under the laws of the State of 26 Complaint C:DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGSOWNERDESKTOPGAP COMPLAINT UPDATED 10-18-05.DOC 27 1
  • 1 California with its principal offices in Palo Alto, California. 2 2. Plaintiffs are informed and believe, and on that basis allege, that defendant 3 Anthony Templer is an individual residing in the County of Alameda. They are informed and 4 believe that Atanda Web Presence Services is a business entity doing business in the County of 5 Alameda. Plaintiffs are unaware of the current location of Tom Knight, but believe him to be 6 engaged in business with Templer and Atanda, and to have engaged with them in the conspiracy 7 alleged in this Complaint. Plaintiffs are informed and believe that defendant Gap International, 8 Inc. is a corporation licensed to do business in the State of Pennsylvania, but that it has engaged 9 in business in the County of Alameda and that it is a part of the conspiracy alleged in this 10 complaint. And, finally, Jon Greenawalt, is a resident of the State of Pennsylvania who personally 11 participated in the conspiracy scheme alleged herein. 12 3. Plaintiffs are ignorant of the true names and capacities of the defendants sued 13 herein as Does 1 through 25, inclusive, and therefore sue these defendants by such fictitious 14 names. Plaintiffs will amend this complaint to allege their true names and capacities when 15 ascertained. Plaintiffs are informed and believe and thereon allege that each of the fictitiously 16 named defendants is responsible in some manner for the occurrences herein alleged, and that 17 plaintiffs’ damages as herein alleged were proximately caused by their conduct. 18 4. Plaintiffs are informed and believe, and on that basis allege, that at all times 19 relevant to this complaint each of the defendants was the agent of each of the remaining 20 defendants and, doing the things hereinafter alleged, was acting within the course and scope of 21 this agency, and with the permission of consent of the remaining defendants. 22 GENERAL ALLEGATIONS 23 5. Angé is the founder and chief executive officer of World Indigenous Network 24 Corporation (“WIN”). WIN founded WIN-Tv, the first national 24-hour satellite-based television 25 network dedicated to indigenous people around the world. By April 2002, as part of promoting 26 Complaint C:DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGSOWNERDESKTOPGAP COMPLAINT UPDATED 10-18-05.DOC 27 2
  • 1 WIN-Tv, WIN needed a dedicated website. One of WIN’s employees, defendant Knight, 2 volunteered to Angé that he had a friend who could provide the necessary web hosting services. 3 6. In or around April 2002, Templer, identified by Knight as the friend who could 4 provide web hosting services, came to WIN’s Corte Madera offices to promote his company, 5 Atanda, as a potential ISP host provider. Templer was well-informed about WIN-Tv’s potential 6 and claimed that he could provide the perfect web hosting services. He further claimed that, 7 because he believed that WIN-Tv would be extremely profitable, he would undertake initial work 8 on a costs only basis, subject to WIN’s agreement that Atanda would be WIN-Tv’s exclusive web 9 host. Impressed by Templer’s sales pitch, and relying on Knight’s recommendation of Templer on 10 WIN’s behalf, Angé, entered into an oral agreement with Templer that Atanda would provide all 11 of WIN-Tv’s web hosting services. 12 7. At the time the parties entered into the Agreement, Angé already had three existing 13 web domains he would have Atanda host: (1) www.gapinternational.com, the website for G.A.P. 14 International, a company that, for 18 years, had provided Live broadcast services to clients 15 ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the White House to major television networks (“G.A.P.”); 16 (2) www.worldindigenousnetwork.com, which was dedicated to promoting WIN-Tv’s interests; 17 and (3) www.rollerlights.com, a sports product website. 18 8. Immediately upon reaching the agreement, Templer began the process of transfer 19 the three domains from the original host to his own server. As part of the process, he advised 20 Angé that he had discovered two other domains that might be of interest to Angé : www.win- 21 tv.com and www.win-tv.net. He told Angé that the cost of acquiring these two sites would be the 22 registration fee and service charge to bring them over to Atanda’s server in plaintiffs’ name, on 23 plaintiffs’ behalf, and for plaintiffs’ benefit. Armed with this information, Angé explicitly 24 authorized Templer to arrange to purchase these domains. Atanda charged – and WIN paid – 25 $400.00 for the expenses associated with acquiring these two domains. Plaintiffs have since 26 Complaint C:DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGSOWNERDESKTOPGAP COMPLAINT UPDATED 10-18-05.DOC 27 3
  • 1 learned, and on that basis allege, that Templer and Atanda, rather than registering these domains 2 in WIN’s name, as agreed, registered them in Templer’s own name. 3 9. In the next eighteen months, G.A.P.’s and WIN’s websites functioned adequately 4 with Atanda as the host. During that year and a half period, WIN sought significant investment 5 money for WIN-Tv, and was making meaningful headway obtaining up to $50,000,000 in 6 potential investments. 7 10. In or around mid-October 2003, Angé received an email from Jon Greenawalt, 8 who identified himself as the Director of Web Development for defendant Gap International, Inc. 9 In the email, Greenawalt stated that his corporation was interested in purchasing the domain 10 known as www.gapinternational.com, and wanted to talk with me about the purchase. Angé put 11 the email on the back burner, intending to respond with a “no.” 12 11. Before Angé had a chance to get back to Greenawalt, in or around November 13 2003, Knight telephoned Angé to tell him that a third party had contacted Templer about buying 14 the domain known as www.gapinternational.com, which provided web services for G.A.P. Angé 15 told Knight to relay to Templer that G.A.P. had no interested in selling that domain. 16 12. The very next day, Angé was unable to access either his G.A.P. email service or 17 www.gapinternational.com. Since Atanda’s web hosting had been adequate, but sporadic at times, 18 and since Angé was focusing heavily on WIN’s business, Angé was not unduly concerned at what 19 he perceived as a temporary glitch in services. 20 13. Things came to a head in December 2003, however, when Angé attempted to load 21 his www.gapinternational.com webpage, only to see that an entirely different entity than G.A.P. 22 had control of that domain. It was then that he first learned that Templer and Atanda had 23 transferred the G.A.P. domain to Gap, a company that knew that Angé held title to that domain. 24 More discoveries followed. 25 14. Investigation revealed that, not only had Templer sold www.gapinternational.com 26 Complaint C:DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGSOWNERDESKTOPGAP COMPLAINT UPDATED 10-18-05.DOC 27 4
  • 1 to Gap, he had transferred to his own name the other domains identified in this Complaint, and 2 had taken all of them off line. Angé, WIN and WIN-Tv all immediately lost access to their 3 incoming and outgoing email, and their websites vanished. Since WIN was on the verge of 4 obtaining substantial funding (totaling approximately $50,000,000), this complete 5 communications blackout was devastating. It instantly and completely deprived plaintiffs of their 6 fundraising abilities. 7 15. In or around April 2004, Angé also discovered that a bank account purportedly in 8 Angé’s name had been established using a fictitious birth date. Angé then discovered that the 9 fictitious birth date is Knight’s birthdate. Angé is informed and believes, and on that basis alleges, 10 that Templer, with the assistance of Knight, funneled the money he received from selling the 11 various internet domains properly belonging to the various plaintiffs through this account 12 FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION 13 (Intentional Misrepresentation [C.C. § 1710(1)– against Templer , Atanda and Knight) 14 16. Plaintiffs incorporates paragraphs 1 through 15 of this Complaint as though fully 15 set forth herein. 16 17. Templer, Atanda and Knight represented to plaintiffs that Templer and Atanda 17 would provide complete web hosting services for plaintiffs’ benefit. Templer and Atanda further 18 represented that, with respect to the www.win-tv.com and www.win-tv.net domains, Atanda 19 would purchase them on behalf of WIN-Tv, transfer them to plaintiffs and manage them on 20 plaintiffs’ behalf. 21 18. Each and every one of these representations was false, and Templer, Atanda and 22 Knight knew they were false at the time made. 23 19. At the time the defendants made these false representations, they intended that 24 plaintiffs would rely on them and plaintiffs did in fact reasonably rely on them. 25 20. As a result of this reasonable reliance, plaintiffs suffered damage both in the form 26 Complaint C:DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGSOWNERDESKTOPGAP COMPLAINT UPDATED 10-18-05.DOC 27 5
  • 1 of the loss of their property, and in the form of monetary harm, in an amount to be proven at trial, 2 but in excess of this Court’s jurisdiction. 3 21. In doing the acts alleged here, defendants acted with malice, oppression, and fraud 4 (as defined under Civ. Code § 3294(c)), thereby warranting the award of punitive damages against 5 them. 6 SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION 7 (Concealment [C.C. § 1710(3)] – against Templer and Atanda) 8 22. Plaintiffs incorporates paragraphs 1 through 15 of this Complaint as though fully 9 set forth herein. 10 23. Plaintiffs had neither the facilities nor the expertise to host their own websites. In 11 contracting to host plaintiffs’ websites and perform related services, Templer and Atanda knew 12 that plaintiffs would be relying on Templer and Atanda to handle these matters professionally and 13 ethically, as it was impractical for plaintiffs to constantly check on the status of the webhosting on 14 their behalf. As such, Templer and Atanda necessarily assumed the roles of fiduciaries for 15 plaintiffs in connection with the webhosting and related services. Despite this fiduciary status, 16 Templer and Atanda intentionally failed to disclose to plaintiffs that, despite the fact that they had 17 billed and collected from plaintiffs the registration fee for the websites www.win-tv.com and 18 www.win-tv.net.these defendants took the sites in their own name and breached their obligation to 19 transfer the sites into plaintiff’s name. 20 24. Templer and Atanda intended to deceive plaintiffs by failing to disclose these facts, 21 so as to obtain the benefits of ownership of these websites at plaintiffs’ expense. Unaware of this 22 intended and actual deception, plaintiffs reasonably relied on Templer’s and Atanda’s 23 misrepresentations. 24 25. As a result of this reasonable reliance, plaintiffs suffered damage both in the form 25 of the loss of their property, and in the form of monetary harm, in an amount to be proven at trial, 26 Complaint C:DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGSOWNERDESKTOPGAP COMPLAINT UPDATED 10-18-05.DOC 27 6
  • 1 but in excess of this Court’s jurisdiction. 2 26. In doing the acts alleged here, defendants acted with malice, oppression, and fraud 3 (as defined under Civ. Code § 3294(c)), thereby warranting the award of punitive damages against 4 them. 5 THIRD CAUSE OF ACTION 6 (False Promise [C.C. § 1710(4)] – against Templer and Atanda) 7 27. Plaintiffs incorporates paragraphs 1 through 15 and 22 - 24 of this Complaint as 8 though fully set forth herein. 9 28. Plaintiffs Templer and Atanda promised plaintiffs (a) that they would transfer the 10 domain names known as www.win-tv.com and www.win-tv.net to Angé’s name or the name of 11 one of Angé’s related companies and (b) that they would maintain those two websites, as well as 12 www.gapinternational.com, www.worldindigenousnetwork.com, and www.rollerlights.com 13 plaintiffs’ benefit. 14 29. However, Templer and Atanda never intended to perform these promises, despite 15 the fact that they knew and intended that plaintiffs would rely on them. 16 30. Plaintiffs reasonably relied on Templer’s and Atanda’s false promises. When 17 Templer and Atanda did not perform as promised, plaintiffs suffered damage both in the form of 18 the loss of their property, and in the form of monetary harm, in an amount to be proven at trial, but 19 in excess of this Court’s jurisdiction. 20 31. In doing the acts alleged here, defendants acted with malice, oppression, and fraud 21 (as defined under Civ. Code § 3294(c)), thereby warranting the award of punitive damages against 22 them. 23 FOURTH CAUSE OF ACTION 24 (Conversion – against all defendants) 25 32. Plaintiffs incorporates paragraphs 1 through 15 of this Complaint as though fully 26 Complaint C:DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGSOWNERDESKTOPGAP COMPLAINT UPDATED 10-18-05.DOC 27 7
  • 1 set forth herein. 2 33. Plaintiffs owned or had the right to possess each of the web domains identified in 3 this Complaint. 4 34. Each of the defendants intentionally took possession of these websites for a 5 significant period of time; and prevented plaintiffs from having access to these websites for a 6 significant period of time. 7 35. Plaintiffs never consented to this interference with their ownership and possessory 8 rights. Instead, plaintiffs suffered significant damage both in the form of the loss of their property, 9 and in the form of monetary harm, in an amount to be proven at trial, but in excess of this Court’s 10 jurisdiction. 11 36. In doing the acts alleged here, defendants acted with malice, oppression, and fraud 12 (as defined under Civ. Code § 3294(c)), thereby warranting the award of punitive damages against 13 them. 14 15 16 FIFTH CAUSE OF ACTION 17 (Inducing Breach of Contract – against Gap International, Inc. and Jon Greenawalt and 18 Does 1 through 5) 19 37. Plaintiffs incorporates paragraphs 1 through 15 of this Complaint as though fully 20 set forth herein. 21 38. Plaintiffs had entered into a contract with Templer and Atanda to properly maintain 22 and protect plaintiffs’ interests in the GAP INTERNATIONAL website. Gap, Greenawalt, other 23 defendants and each of them knew of this contract and intended to cause Atanda and Templer to 24 breach the contract. And in fact, the conduct of Greenawalt, Gap other defendants and each of 25 them caused Templer and Atanda to breach the contract. 26 Complaint C:DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGSOWNERDESKTOPGAP COMPLAINT UPDATED 10-18-05.DOC 27 8
  • 1 39. As a result of the conduct of Gap, Greenawalt, other defendants and each of them, 2 plaintiffs suffered damage both in the form of the loss of their property, and in the form of 3 monetary harm, in an amount to be proven at trial, but in excess of this Court’s jurisdiction. 4 40. In doing the acts alleged here, defendants acted with malice, oppression, and fraud 5 (as defined under Civ. Code § 3294(c)), thereby warranting the award of punitive damages against 6 them. 7 SIXTH CAUSE OF ACTION 8 (Intentional Interference with Contractual Relations – against Gap International, Inc., Jon 9 Greenawalt and Does 3 through 8 ) 10 41. Plaintiffs incorporates paragraphs 1 through 15 of this Complaint as though fully 11 set forth herein. 12 42. Plaintiffs had entered into a contract with Templer and Atanda whereby Templer 13 and Atanda would host plaintiffs’ websites, in general and, in particular, the website, 14 www.gapinternational.com and properly protect plaintiffs’ interests in those websites. Gap, 15 Greenawalt, other defendants, and each of them, knew of this contract as to 16 www.gapinternational.com and intended, through tortious means to cause Templer and Atanda to 17 breach the contract.. And in fact, the conduct of Gap, Greenawalt, other defendants and each of 18 them did result in the decision by Templer and Attanda to breach the contract with plaintiffs. 19 43. As a result of the conduct of Gap, Greenawalt, other defendants and each of them, 20 plaintiffs suffered damage both in the form of the loss of their property, and in the form of 21 monetary harm, in an amount to be proven at trial, but in excess of this Court’s jurisdiction. 22 44. In doing the acts alleged here, defendants acted with malice, oppression, and fraud 23 (as defined under Civ. Code § 3294(c)), thereby warranting the award of punitive damages against 24 them. 25 SEVENTH CAUSE OF ACTION 26 Complaint C:DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGSOWNERDESKTOPGAP COMPLAINT UPDATED 10-18-05.DOC 27 9
  • 1 (Intentional Interference with Prospective Economic Relations – 2 against all defendants) 3 45. Plaintiffs incorporates paragraphs 1 through 15 of this Complaint as though fully 4 set forth herein. 5 46. Plaintiffs and myriad investors interested in financing WIN-Tv were in the end 6 stages of negotiations that probably would have resulted in an economic benefit to plaintiffs. 7 47. The defendants knew of these investment relationships and intended to disrupt 8 them. To this end, defendants engaged in the wrongful conduct detailed in this complaint and 9 effectively disrupted the investment relationships. 10 48. As a result of defendants’ conduct, plaintiffs suffered damage both in the form of 11 the loss of their property, and in the form of monetary harm, in an amount to be proven at trial, but 12 in excess of this Court’s jurisdiction. 13 49. In doing the acts alleged here, defendants acted with malice, oppression, and fraud 14 (as defined under Civ. Code § 3294(c)), thereby warranting the award of punitive damages against 15 them. 16 17 18 19 20 EIGHTH CAUSE OF ACTION 21 (Negligent Interference with Prospective Economic Relations – 22 against all defendants) 23 50. Plaintiffs incorporates paragraphs 1 through 15 of this Complaint as though fully 24 set forth herein. 25 51. Plaintiffs were in the end stages of negotiations with myriad prospective investors 26 Complaint C:DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGSOWNERDESKTOPGAP COMPLAINT UPDATED 10-18-05.DOC 27 10
  • 1 interested in financing WIN-Tv. Obtaining the participation of these investors would have more 2 than likely resulted in an economic benefit to plaintiffs. 3 52. The defendants knew or should have known of these investment relationships. 4 Further, defendants knew or should have known that these relationships would be disrupted if they 5 failed to act with reasonable care. Nevertheless, defendants failed to act with reasonable care and 6 engaged in the wrongful conduct described in this complaint. As a result of this conduct, 7 defendants effectively disrupted these investment relationships. 8 53. As a result of defendants’ conduct, plaintiffs suffered damage both in the form of 9 the loss of their property, and in the form of monetary harm, in an amount to be proven at trial, but 10 in excess of this Court’s jurisdiction. 11 NINTH CAUSE OF ACTION 12 (Conspiracy [C.C.P. § 425.10] – against all defendants) 13 54. Plaintiffs incorporates paragraphs 1 through 15 of this Complaint as though fully 14 set forth herein. 15 55. On or about October 2003, the defendants knowingly and willfully conspired and 16 agreed among themselves to commit the wrongful acts alleged in this complaint. 17 56. The defendants committed these acts as part of, and in furtherance of, the 18 conspiracy and agreement alleged above. 19 57. Plaintiffs are informed and believe, and on that basis alleged, that the last overt act 20 committed as part of this conspiracy occurred on or about October 28, 2003, when Templer 21 created the fraudulent banking account to accommodate the funds Gap transferred to it when Gap 22 wrongfully took the www.gapinternational.com domain. Plaintiffs first became aware of these 23 wrongful acts in December 2003. 24 58. As a proximate result of these wrongful acts, plaintiffs suffered damage both in the 25 form of the loss of their property, and in the form of monetary harm, in an amount to be proven at 26 Complaint C:DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGSOWNERDESKTOPGAP COMPLAINT UPDATED 10-18-05.DOC 27 11
  • 1 trial, but in excess of this Court’s jurisdiction. 2 59. In doing the acts alleged here, defendants acted with malice, oppression, and fraud 3 (as defined under Civ. Code § 3294(c)), thereby warranting the award of punitive damages against 4 them. 5 TENTH CAUSE OF ACTION 6 (Accounting – against all defendants) 7 60. Plaintiffs incorporates paragraphs 1 through 60 of this Complaint as though fully 8 set forth herein. 9 61. In view of the nature of the causes of action set forth above, plaintiffs are entitled 10 to, and request equitable relief as against each defendant by way of equitable accounting. Such 11 accounting shall determine plaintiffs’ rights and financial entitlements, by way of damages or 12 other emoluments or their equivalent, including, potentially, imposition of one or several 13 constructive trusts in accordance with proofs to be submitted at the time of trial. 14 15 ELEVENTH CAUSE OF ACTION 16 (Declaratory Relief – against all defendants) 17 62. Plaintiffs incorporates paragraphs 1 through 15 of this Complaint as though fully 18 set forth herein. 19 63. A dispute has arisen between plaintiffs and the various defendants over the rights 20 of ownership and control of the various websites discussed above. Accordingly, plaintiffs demand 21 a declaration of the rights of each party with regard to said ownership and control. 22 23 24 PRAYER 25 WHEREFORE, plaintiffs pray judgment against defendants, and each of them, as follows: 26 Complaint C:DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGSOWNERDESKTOPGAP COMPLAINT UPDATED 10-18-05.DOC 27 12
  • 1 64. For the return of all domain names wrongfully taken from plaintiffs; 2 65. For damages for the proximate and foreseeable loss resulting from defendants’ 3 wrongful conduct in an amount to be determined at trial. 4 66. For punitive and exemplary damages; 5 67. For costs of suit herein incurred; and 6 68. For an accounting; 7 69. For such other and further relief as the court may deem proper. 8 9 LAW OFFICES OF MATTANIAH EYTAN 10 11 Date: October 17, 2005 By: 12 Eric Schenk Attorneys for Plaintiffs 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Complaint C:DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGSOWNERDESKTOPGAP COMPLAINT UPDATED 10-18-05.DOC 27 13