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Dec 14 2004
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA

STELOR PRODUCTIONS, INC.,

Plaintiff, Case No. 04-80954-CIV-HURLEY


v.

STEVEN A. SILVERS,

Defendant.
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DEFENDANT’S OPPOSITION TO MOTION FOR


YANO RUBINSTEIN TO APPEAR PRO HAC VICE

Defendant Steven A. Silvers (“Silvers”) opposes the Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice filed

by Stanley Beiley, Esq. To admit attorney Yano Rubinstein as counsel for Plaintiff, Stelor

Productions, Inc. and states as grounds:

1. On October 15, 2004, Stelor Productions, Inc. (“Stelor”) filed this action against

Silvers for breach of a license agreement, and seeking injunctive relief to prevent Silvers from

participating in related matters pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Counsel of record for this action is Stanley Beiley of Sacher, Zelman, et al. in Miami , and

Laurence Hefter of Finnegan, Henderson et al. in Washington D.C.

2. On October 29, 2004 attorney Yano Rubinstein (“Rubinstein”), who is located in

California, entered an appearance on behalf of Silvers in the United States Patent and Trademark

Office in a pending trademark cancellation proceedings filed by Google, Inc. against Silvers,

Cancellation Proceeding No. 92043737. A copy of the notice of appearance is attached as

Exhibit A. Rubinstein then filed an Answer, and later an Amended Answer and Counterclaim in

that proceeding on behalf of Silvers, copies of which are attached as Exhibits B and C. On

November 16, 2004, Rubinstein filed “Notice of Withdrawal of Power of Attorney” in that

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proceeding, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit D.

3. On November 2, 2004, Rubinstein filed an action to challenge Goolge’s right to

use the domain name google.com under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy,

adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The matter is pending

before the National Arbitration Forum. A copy of the Complaint filed is attached as Exhibit E.

Because Silvers did not want this matter filed, he filed through other counsel, a Notice of

Withdrawal of the Complaint. In response, Rubinstein filed an opposition to that Notice, stating

that he has been appointed counsel to represent Silvers in that action, a copy of which is attached

as Exhibit F.

4. Pursuant to Rule 4-1.7 and 4-1.9, Florida Rules of Professional Conduct, Mr.

Rubinstein, as former counsel of record for Silvers in the USPTO action, and as counsel of

record for Silvers in the National Arbitration Forum, has a conflict of interest and cannot

represent Stelor Productions in this action. Silvers has not, and will not, waive this conflict and

expressly does not consent to Mr. Rubinstein representing Stelor in this adverse role.

5. Accordingly, Silvers asks the Court to deny the Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice,

and for any other relief the Court deems necessary.

Respectfully submitted this 14th day of December, 2004.

s/ Gail A. McQuilkin
Gail A. McQuilkin (FBN: 969338)
Kenneth R. Hartmann (FBN: 664286)
KOZYAK TROPIN & THROCKMORTON, P.A.
2525 Ponce de Leon, 9th Floor
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
T: 305-372-1800 / F: 305-372-3508

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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I HEREBY CERTIFY that a true and correct copy of the foregoing was served this 14th
day of December, 2004, via facsimile and first class mail on the following:

Stanley A. Beiley
Sacher Zelman Van Sant Paul Beiley Hartman Rolnick & Waldman, PA
1401 Brickell Avenue, Suite 700, Miami, FL 33131

Laurence R. Hefter
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP
1300 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

s/ Gail A. McQuilkin
3339/101/245757.1

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