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Plaintiffs had each contributed a mural to the exterior of the Stud, the oldest continuously operating queer bar in San Francisco. When the business closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the owners of the business allegedly notified defendants that if the building was to be demolished, community members were interested in saving, preserving and moving the facade. Plaintiffs alleged that Defendants painted over their murals in violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA).

Plaintiff: Hailey Gaiser, Zarathustra Wesolowski, Ellery Bakaitis, Monica Canilao, Susan Greene and Jeremy Novy
Defendant: City Commercial Investments, LLC
Case Number: 3:2020cv08030
Filed: November 13, 2020
Court: US District Court for the Northern District of California
Nature of Suit: Copyright
Cause of Action: 17:101
Jury Demanded By: Plaintiff
Docket Report

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Date Filed Document Text
November 16, 2020 Filing 6 CLERK'S NOTICE REGARDING THE FILING OF AN ACTION REGARDING A COPYRIGHT. The provisions of 17 U.S.C. 508 require the submission of a report to theRegister of Copyrights. Please e-file a proposed Report on the Filing or Determination of an Action or Appeal Regarding a Copyright form AO 121 using the event Civil Events - Other Filings - Other Documents - Copyright, within five days of this notice. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (tnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/16/2020)
November 16, 2020 Filing 5 Summons Issued as to Defendant City Commercial Investments, LLC. (tnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/16/2020)
November 16, 2020 Filing 4 Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Joint Case Management Statement due by 2/12/2021. Initial Case Management Conference set for 2/19/2021 at 2:00 PM in San Francisco, Courtroom A, 15th Floor. (tnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/16/2020)
November 16, 2020 Filing 3 Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Alex G. Tse. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at http://cand.uscourts.gov/ecf/caseopening.Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at www.cand.uscourts.gov/judges. Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 11/30/2020. (mbcS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/16/2020)
November 13, 2020 Filing 2 Proposed Summons. (Erikson, David) (Filed on 11/13/2020)
November 13, 2020 Filing 1 COMPLAINT FOR VIOLATION OF THE VISUAL ARTISTS RIGHTS ACT (VARA); DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL against All Defendants, (Filing Fee: $400.00, receipt number 0971-15192331). Filed by Hailey Gaiser, Jeremy Novy, Monica Canilao, Ellery Bakaitis, Zarathustra Wesolowski, Susan Greene. (Attachments: #(1) Civil Cover Sheet)(Erikson, David) (Filed on 11/13/2020) Modified on 11/16/2020 (tnS, COURT STAFF).

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Plaintiff: Hailey Gaiser
Represented By: David Alden Erikson
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Plaintiff: Zarathustra Wesolowski
Represented By: David Alden Erikson
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Plaintiff: Ellery Bakaitis
Represented By: David Alden Erikson
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Plaintiff: Monica Canilao
Represented By: David Alden Erikson
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Plaintiff: Susan Greene
Represented By: David Alden Erikson
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Plaintiff: Jeremy Novy
Represented By: David Alden Erikson
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Defendant: City Commercial Investments, LLC
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