6-7-12 by mmasnick

VIEWS: 5,795 PAGES: 96

									Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14 Filed 06/07/12 Page 1 of 9
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14 Filed 06/07/12 Page 2 of 9
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14 Filed 06/07/12 Page 3 of 9
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14 Filed 06/07/12 Page 4 of 9
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14 Filed 06/07/12 Page 5 of 9
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14 Filed 06/07/12 Page 6 of 9
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14 Filed 06/07/12 Page 7 of 9
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14 Filed 06/07/12 Page 8 of 9
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14 Filed 06/07/12 Page 9 of 9
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-1 Filed 06/07/12 Page 1 of 5
           Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-1 Filed 06/07/12 Page 2 of 5



                       IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
                    FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


SEMANTIC COMPACTION SYSTEMS,                         CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:12-cv-248-GLL
INC.; and PRENTKE ROMICH COMPANY,
an Ohio Corporation,                                 Judge Gary L. Lancaster

                      Plaintiffs,

                      v.

SPEAK FOR YOURSELF LLC; RENEE
COLLENDER, an individual; and, HEIDI
LOSTRACCO, an individual,

                       Defendants.



               I, Heidi LoStracco, declare as follows:

               1.     This Declaration is being made in support of Defendants’ Motion for

Temporary Restraining Order/Injunctive Relief to Prevent Destruction of Business. The facts

herein are of my own personal knowledge and if called as a witness I could competently testify

thereto.

               2.     I am currently a member of Speak for Yourself LLC (“SFY”). My duties

include management of SFY’s business and operations.

               3.     I am certified as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech

Language and Hearing Association (“ASHA”) and specialize in Augmentative and Alternative

Communication Systems (“AACs”).

               4.     I, along with Renee Collender, formed SFY to meet the glaring need for

more effective, cost-efficient AACs.
         Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-1 Filed 06/07/12 Page 3 of 5



                5.      SFY developed The Speak for Yourself Application (the “App”) to allow

nonverbal persons to communicate more efficiently and effectively. These nonverbal individuals

are generally not able to speak due to autism, genetic disorders, and cerebral palsy.

                6.      The App is an effective, relatively inexpensive communication tool

designed exclusively for use on Apple, Inc.’s (“Apple”) iPad.

                7.      The IOS programming is specific to the iPad, and therefore the code for

the App, as it is written now, cannot be used on any other system or platform.

                8.      SFY’s business is dedicated solely to developing, updating, and selling the

App, and training, supporting and educating clients who use the App.

                9.      Because the App is designed solely for use with the Apple iPad, it is sold

exclusively through Apple’s iTunes App Store, and all updates and upgrades for the App can

only be provided through the App Store. Updates and upgrades are frequently required to meet

Apple’s ever-changing technology.

                10.     To date, there are hundreds of active users of SFY’s App, including,

therapists, school districts, hospitals and families.

                11.     There are hundreds more prospective users who are currently testing the

product as a device for communication with nonverbal individuals.

                12.     Like any communication tool, consistent use, instruction, and support is

critical. Consistency is a necessary element of any form of communication, but is particularly

acute for those with communication barriers.

                13.     Users of SFY’s App are totally dependent on access to the App Store for

upgrades and updates and to purchase the App.




                                                   2
        Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-1 Filed 06/07/12 Page 4 of 5



               14.    The App has allowed hundreds of nonverbal children to “speak’’ with

their families, teachers, and friends, and reduced negative behaviors commonly associated with

the inability to communicate.

               15.    Plaintiffs Semantic Compaction Systems, Inc. (“Semantic”) and Prentke

Romich Company (“PRC”) are in the business of manufacturing AAC devices.               Neither

Semantic nor PRC offer an AAC language application for use on any similar platform, including

the Apple iPad.

               16.    On March 19, 2012, attorneys for Semantic and PRC wrote to Apple

directly with a copy of the Complaint in this action and demanded the App “be withdrawn from

sales, distribution and downloading.”

               17.    On March 21, 2012, Apple forwarded the demand of Semantic and PRC to

SFY and requested that SFY provide written assurance that the SFY App does not infringe

Semantic’s or PRC’s rights.

               18.    On March 26, 2012, SFY provided the written assurances requested by

Apple. Among other things, SFY explained why the application does not infringe on any rights

and why this lawsuit is without merit.

               19.    Apple did not give any indication to SFY that the assurances provided

were “not acceptable” to Apple, and the status of the App (i.e., available for purchase and

download on the iTunes App store) remained unchanged from that time until June 4, 2012.

               20.    On June 4, 2012, the Apple iTunes App Store ceased selling the App.

               21.    On June 5, 2012, SFY demanded that Plaintiffs withdraw their demand to

Apple that it withdraw the App from the App Store. Semantic and PRC refused to withdraw

their demand to Apple.



                                              3
         Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-1 Filed 06/07/12 Page 5 of 5



               22.     If the App is not immediately restored to the iTunes App store, SFY’s

business, which is solely related to selling, upgrading and supporting the App, will be irreparably

harmed. SFY’s reputation and goodwill among the relevant community will be irreparably

destroyed; SFY will lose substantial customers and potential customers; and the value of SFY’s

App will be irretrievably lost.

       I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.

       Executed this __7th_ day of June, 2012, in Westampton, New Jersey.



                                              By:
                                                     Heidi LoStracco




                                                 4
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-2 Filed 06/07/12 Page 1 of 2
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-2 Filed 06/07/12 Page 2 of 2
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 1 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 2 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 3 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 4 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 5 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 6 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 7 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 8 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 9 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 10 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 11 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 12 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 13 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 14 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 15 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 16 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 17 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 18 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 19 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 20 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 21 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 22 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 23 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 24 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 25 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 26 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 27 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 28 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 29 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 30 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 31 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 32 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 33 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 34 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 35 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 36 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 37 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 38 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 39 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 40 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 41 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 42 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 43 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 44 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 45 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 46 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 47 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 48 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 49 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 50 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 51 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 52 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 53 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 54 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 55 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 56 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 57 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 58 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 59 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 60 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 61 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 62 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 63 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 64 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 65 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-3 Filed 06/07/12 Page 66 of 66
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-4 Filed 06/07/12 Page 1 of 3
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-4 Filed 06/07/12 Page 2 of 3
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-4 Filed 06/07/12 Page 3 of 3
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-5 Filed 06/07/12 Page 1 of 4
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-5 Filed 06/07/12 Page 2 of 4
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-5 Filed 06/07/12 Page 3 of 4
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-5 Filed 06/07/12 Page 4 of 4
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-6 Filed 06/07/12 Page 1 of 5
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-6 Filed 06/07/12 Page 2 of 5
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-6 Filed 06/07/12 Page 3 of 5
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-6 Filed 06/07/12 Page 4 of 5
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-6 Filed 06/07/12 Page 5 of 5
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-7 Filed 06/07/12 Page 1 of 2
Case 2:12-cv-00248-GLL Document 14-7 Filed 06/07/12 Page 2 of 2

								
To top