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                   UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
               FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
                          CIVIL DIVISION

Linda Thompson, ) Civil Action No® IP-88 93C

                                )                   -----------
  Petitioner,                   )
                                )
  v.                            )
                                ) 

Bob Predaina, ) d/b/a Professional's Choice ) Bulletin Board )

                                )
  Respondent.                   )
                            COMPLAINT
   Comes now the Petitioner, Linda Thompson, and complains of the 

Respondent, Bob Predaina, doing business as the Professional's Choice

Bulletin Board, and in support thereof would show the court:

   1.   That Petitioner Linda Thompson is a citizen of the United 

States and resident of the State of Indiana, County of Marion.

   2.   That this action arises under U.S.C., Title 18, Chapter 119, 

entitled Wire and Electronic Communications Interception of Oral

Communications, ss 2520; U.S.C., Title 18, Chapter 121 entitled

Stored Wire and Electronic Communications and Transactional Records

Access, ss 2707; U.S.C., Title 47, Chapter 5, entitled Wire or Radio

Communication, ss 605(d)(3)(a) and the laws of the State of Indiana.

The matter in controversey exceeds, exclusive of interest and costs,

the sum of ten thousand dollars.

   3.   That the respondent, Bob Predaina, at all times material was 

the owner of a Computer Communications System, as defined in U.S.C.,

Title 18, ss 2510 (14) located in Marion County, Indiana.

   4.   That the Respondent, Bob Predaina, at all times material was 

the owner and operator (hereinafter "System Operator") of an

electronic communication service, as defined in U.S.C., Title 18, ss

2510 (15) and or remote electronic communication service, as

applicable, operated from, attached to or part of the Respondent's

Computer Communications System.

   5.   That at all times material the computer service of the  

Respondent was operated under the name of The Professional's Choice

Bulletin Board (hereinafter by name or "the BBS") in the county of

Marion, state of Indiana.

   6.   That the BBS at all times material provided electronic 

communication, as defined in U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2510 (12), between

"users" as defined in U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2510 (13).

   7.   That at all times material, the BBS provided electronic 

storage, as defined in U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2510 (17) of the

electronic communications of users.

   8.   That at all times material certain electronic storage and 

communication on the BBS was configured so that electronic

communications designated by the user as "Receiver Only" were private

electronic communications to a designated recipient and not readily

accessible to the general public.

   9.   That at all times material, all electronic storage and 

communication on the BBS was configured so that electronic

communications transmitted by a user could be deleted only by the

sending user, the system operator or the designated recipient of a

"Receiver Only" communication, and once deleted, said communication

could not be transmitted, read or readily accessed by anyone,

including the system operator.

   10.  That at all times material, the respondent was a person, as 

defined in U.S.C., Title 47, ss 153 (i) engaged in receiving,

assisting in receiving, transmitting, or assisting in transmitting

interstate communication by wire, as defined in U.S.C., Title 47, ss

153 (a) and (e), by means of the electronic communications service.

   11.  That at all times material, the Petitioner was an authorized 

user of the electronic communications service of the Respondent, and

had paid the sum of $35.00 as a subscription fee for a one year

service in October, 1987 to the Respondent.

                             COUNT I:
   12.  The Petitioner incorporates and realleges paragraphs 1 

through 11 above and further alleges that on an undeterminable date in

January, 1988, without the permission or knowledge of the petitioner,

that the Respondent, Bob Predaina, through the use of an electronic,

mechanical, or other device, as defined in U.S.C., Title 18, 2510 (5),

intentionally or recklessly intercepted, caused to be restored, and

thereby altered the authorized access to a private electronic

communication to which there was no intended recipient, which

communication had been transmitted to and immediately deleted from the

electronic storage of the BBS by the Petitioner on January 2, 1988,

and that said actions of the Respondent are contrary to U.S.C., Title

18, ss 2511 (1)(a); U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2511 (1)(d); U.S.C., Title

18, ss 2511 (3)(a); U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2701 (a) and U.S.C., Title

47, ss 605 (a);

                             COUNT II:
   13.  Petitioner incorporates and realleges paragraphs 1 through 

11 and further alleges that the respondent, through the use of said

device, caused said restored private electronic communication to be

converted to a publicly visible electronic communication, readily

accessible by members of the public, contrary to U.S.C., Title 18, ss

2511 (1)©; U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2511 (1)(d); U.S.C., Title 18, ss

2511 (3)(a); U.S.C., Title 18, 2702 (a) and U.S.C., Title 47, ss 605

(a);

COUNT III:

   14.  Petitioner incorporates and realleges paragraphs 1 through 

11 and further alleges that on an undeterminable date in December,

1987 the Respondent through use of an electronic, mechanical, or other

device, intentionally or recklessly caused to be made public a private

electronic communication addressed to the Petitioner, Linda Thompson,

without the permission or the knowledge of the sender or of the

Petitioner contrary to U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2511 (1)(a); U.S.C.,

Title 18, ss 2511 (1)©; U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2511 (3)(a); U.S.C.,

Title 18, ss 2701 (a) and U.S.C., Title 47, ss 605 (a).

                             COUNT IV:
   15.  Petitioner incorporates and realleges paragraphs 1 through 

11 and paragraph 13 and further alleges that the Respondent replied in

a public electronic communicaiton on the BBS to a private electronic

communication addressed to the Petitioner, Linda Thompson, thereby

disclosing certain contents of said electronic communication to

members of the public, without the permission of the sender or the

recipient, contrary to U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2511 (1)©; U.S.C.,

Title 18, 2511 (1)(d); U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2511 (3)(a); U.S.C.,

Title 18, ss 2701 (a); U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2702 (a) and U.S.C.,

Title 47, ss 605 (a).

                             COUNT V:
   16.  Petitioner incorporates and realleges paragraphs 1 through 

11 and further alleges that during the month of December, the

respondent allowed a person and/or persons unknown to access and view

the contents of all electronic communications, both public and private

in portions of the electronic storage not readily accessible by

members of the general public without the knowledge or permission of

the petitioner and to this end, that the Respondent restored certain

previously deleted electronic communications of the petitioner and

allowed such other person, not the intended recipient of any of such

communications, to read such communications, contrary to U.S.C., Title

18, ss 2511 (1)(a); U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2511 (1)©; U.S.C., Title

18, ss 2511 (1)(d); U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2511 (3)(a); U.S.C., Title

18, ss 2701 (a); U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2702 (a) and U.S.C., Title 47,

ss 605 (a).

                             COUNT VI:
   17.  Petitioner realleges and incorporates paragraphs 1 through 

11 and further states that on January 3, 1988, the respondent

intentionally altered the access of the petitioner to the electronic

communication service, contrary to U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2701 (a);

                            COUNT VII:
   18.  Petitioner realleges and incorporates paragraphs 1 through 

11 and further states that the respondent intentionally prevented the

petitioner from authorized access to the electronic communication

service from January 3, 1988 to January 6, 1988, contrary to U.S.C.,

Title 18, ss 2701 (a);

                           COUNT VIII:
   19.  Petitioner realleges and incorporates paragraphs 1 through 

18 and further states that on January 6, 1988, the Petitioner

requested that the Respondent agree to refrain from any further such

actions contrary to law and the Respondent refused;

                            COUNT IX:
   20.  Petitioner realleges and incorporates paragraphs 1 through 

11 and paragraph 19 and further alleges that on January 6, the

respondent intentionally, maliciously or with reckless disregard for

the truth, made statements which on their face are damaging to the

professional and personal reputation of the Petitioner in public and

to another person, subjecting the Petitioner to humiliation, personal

anguish and ridicule, and that said conduct of the Respondent was

contrary to Statutory and common law of the State of Indiana;

                             COUNT X:
   21.  Petitioner realleges and incorporates paragraphs 1 through 

11 and paragraph 19 and further alleges that on January 8, the

Respondent intentionally, maliciously, or with reckless disregard for

the truth, made written statements in the form of electronic

communications about the Petitioner which on their face are damaging

to the professional and personal reputation of the Petitioner to

members of the legal profession, subjecting the Petitioner to

humiliation, personal anguish, and ridicule, and that said conduct of

the Respondent was contrary to Statutory and common law of the State

of Indiana;

   22.  Petitioner realleges and incorporates paragraphs 1 through 

21 and further alleges that all of the facts alleged of the Respondent

were committed willfully, knowingly, intentionally or recklessly,

and/or for the purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage of

the Respondent.

   WHEREFORE, the Petitioner respectfully prays this Court for a 

statutory award of damages persuant to U.S.C., Title 18, ss 2520

©(2)(b) of ten-thousand dollars ($10,000.00) for each of counts I

through V, totalling fifty-thousand dollars ($50,000.00); for a

statutory award of damages persuant to U.S.C. Title 18, ss 2707 © of

one-thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for each of counts VI and VII,

totalling two-thousand dollars ($2,000.00); for a statutory award of

damages persuant to U.S.C., Title 47, ss 605 (d)(3)(C)(i)(II) of

$250.00 for each of Counts I through V, totalling one-thousand-two-

hundred-fifty dollars ($1,250.00); punitive damages persuant to

U.S.C., Title 47, ss 605 (d)(3)(C)(ii), U.S.C., Title 2520, ss (b)(2)

in the amount of fifty-thousand ($50,000); for an award of nine-

thousand ($9,000.00) for the damage to Petitioner's personal and

professional reputation alleged in Counts IX and X; all to the total

amount of one-hundred-twelve-thousand-two-hundred-fifty dollars

($112,250.00) plus interest; and for attorneys fees and costs persuant

to U.S.C. Title 18, ss 2520 (b)(3); U.S.C., Title 18 ss 2707 (b)(3);

and U.S.C., Title 47, ss 605 (d)(3)(B)(iii); and for any and all

other relief just or equitable under the circumstances.

                                      Respectfully submitted,
             
                                      Linda Thompson, pro se
                                      Petitioner
                                      P.O. Box 83
                                      Beech Grove, Indiana  46107
                                      Telephone:  (317) 787-9787
             
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