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Clinton Sparks wins domain name back

Grammy-nominated Clinton Sparks gets domain name back after it expired. DJ, producer and songwriter Clinton Sparks has won the rights to the domain name ClintonSparks.com, which expired after a dispute with his agent. Sparks and his Get Familiar Music Company registered the domain in 2002 and the agent let it lapse in 2017. A Ukranian […]

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Sun Valley ski resort loses silly cybersquatting dispute

Resort’s owner doesn’t withdraw case after it’s clear that it will lose. Let’s say you’re the lawyer for an oil company that also owns ski resorts. One of those ski resorts is called Sun Valley. You notice that someone registers the domain name SumValley.com (with an ‘m’ rather than an ‘n’). This might pop up […]

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ESPN takes down “ESPN Slaughter” website

Army vet set up site to criticize spending on football. Sports network ESPN has convinced a National Arbitration Forum panel to give it the domain name ESPNSlaughter.com. The domain name was used by a U.S. Army veteran for commentary about the National Football League. With a name like ESPNSlaughter, you might think it had to […]

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Bad Karma: Reverse domain name hijacking in Karma.com case

An ironic finding in Karma.com UDRP. Karma is….a company being found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking for the domain Karma.com while being represented by a lawyer who is also a UDRP panelist. Karma International, LLC filed a UDRP against Karma.com and struck out on all three counts. The panel found that it didn’t show […]

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Reverse domain name hijacking in PetLife.com case

Company goes after domain name that was registered before it started using the name as a brand. A pet apparel and supplies company has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name PetLife.com. Pet Life, LLC, which uses the domain name PetLifeCentral.com, filed a cybersquatting claim with National Arbitration […]

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What are the standards for common law trademarks in UDRP cases?

An NAF panelist is very generous is accepting common law trademark rights. A National Arbitration Forum panelist recently awarded the domain name YouAreOK.com to T & P Holding Company, LLC. This company owns several hair salons and boutiques in Nashville under the name Local Honey. Its website is LHNashville.com. The domain name owner, Ancient Holdings, […]

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