Domain Owner Wins Expenses in Lawsuit
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
Company sues UDRP complainant, wins, and judge orders complainant to pay expenses.
Neon Network, LLC, has been awarded expenses after winning a default judgment against Aspis Liv Forsakrings in a domain dispute.
Aspis filed a UDRP case with World Intellectual Property Organization last year to get the domain name Aspis.com, and it won. Aspis.com is a gripe site complaining about Aspis Liv Forsaking, an insurance company.
Neon Network filed a lawsuit in Arizona district court on June 26, 2008, asking for declaratory judgment that it was not violating the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. On June 22, 2009, the judge issued a default judgment against Aspis. In July, the court ordered Aspis Liv Forsakrings to pay expenses to Neon Network. It’s not much — $1,547 — but it does show that judges will penalize companies that file dubious claims in arbitration.