Domain Owner Wins Expenses in Lawsuit
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.