Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Traverse Internet Law Federal Court Report: November, 2010 - Domain Name Dispute Lawsuits

The facts are unproven allegations of the Plaintiff and all commentary is based upon the allegations, the truthfulness and accuracy of which are likely in dispute.

FILED: 10/21/2010

This is the second lawsuit involving the same Defendant who keeps purchasing domain names of the Plaintiff. The cost of litigating in federal court is substantially greater than pursuing a UDRP arbitration proceeding. Keep in mind that when you have a domain name infringing upon your trademark sometimes these matters can be resolved without even initiating arbitration or a lawsuit by going to a web host, payment processor, domain registrar or registry, Google, or another business involved with the website.

Janna Bullock is renowned for her architectural design work in New York and Russia and is a philanthropist. The Defendant domain names are apparently owned by a Russian. The websites at the Defendant domain names contain the Plaintiff’s signature as well as certain photographs of the Plaintiff. This lawsuit is against the domain names only and attempts to have the court order the transfer of the names to the Plaintiff.

The lawsuit claims violation of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and requests that the infringing domain names be transferred to Plaintiff. Traverse Internet Law Cross-Reference Number 1449.

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