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United States v. Elagoon Business Solutions Pvt Ltd.

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

May 2, 2019

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
ELAGOON BUSINESS SOLUTIONS PVT LTD., d/b/a Computer Phone Assist, Defendant.

          GUSTAV W. EYLER Acting Director Consumer Protection Branch JILL P. FURMAN Deputy Director Consumer Protection Branch DANIEL K. CRANE-HIRSCH CLAUDE F. SCOTT Consumer Protection Branch United States Department of Justice Counsel for United States of America

          BRIAN T. MORAN United States Attorney KAYLA C. STAHMAN, CA #228931 Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney's Office

          PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION ORDER

          HONORABLE ROBERT S. LASNIK UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         This matter comes before the Court upon United States' Motion for Preliminary Injunction (the “Motion”). Upon consideration of the Motion pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1345, the Complaint for Preliminary and Permanent Injunctions (the “Complaint”), and the Declarations of United States Postal Inspector Thomas Ninan, Christopher Doring, Philip Levenseller, and the entire record in this case, the Court finds that:

         This Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of this case, there is good cause to believe that it will have jurisdiction over all the parties hereto, and venue in this district is proper.

         There is probable cause to believe that Defendant Elagoon Business Solutions PVT Ltd., d/b/a “Computer Phone Assist” was, prior to filing of the Complaint, violating and, unless a preliminary injunction is entered, will continue to violate 18 U.S.C. § 1343.

         The website domains “www.computerphoneassist.com”, “www.elagoonites.com”, and “www.elagoondigital.com” are instrumentalities that facilitate Defendant's crimes.

         The email addresses “contact@computerphoneassist.com” and “contact@elgoonites.com” are instrumentalities that facilitate Defendant's crimes.

         Allowing continued use of these website domains and email addresses would cause continuing and substantial injury to the United States and to United States consumers.

         Injunctive relief to protect the public interest in a case brought under Section 1345 is expressly authorized when “warranted to prevent a continuing and substantial injury to the United States or to any person or class of persons for whose protection the action is brought.” 18 U.S.C. § 1345(b). As such, when the government seeks an injunction to enforce a statute that specifically authorizes injunctive relief, the Ninth Circuit does not impose the traditional tests for preliminary injunction. United States v. Estate Pres. Servs., 202 F.3d 1093, 1098 (9th Cir. 2000). Nevertheless, even though the traditional test is not necessary in order to obtain injunctive relief under Section 1345, the Court has further finds that permitting Defendant to continue to perpetrate the alleged wire fraud would constitute irreparable harm, the equities weigh in favor of the injunction, and the scope of the requested injunction is appropriate.

         The statutory conditions for granting a preliminary injunction under 18 U.S.C. § 1345 are therefore met.

         Defendant's violations will continue unless a preliminary injunction is issued.

         THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED

         that, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1345: The United States' Motion for ...


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