Domainer awarded $30k after being named in bogus counterfeiting lawsuit

Judge says sanctions warranted against plantiffs and lawyer.

Remember domain investor VL Raymer, who found herself wrongly named in an alleged counterfeiting ring of Primp products last year?

Well, justice has been served.

Apparently the case didn’t just stink against Raymer, who owns The plaintiffs who own(ed) the Primp trademark also allegedly omitted some other important information against other defendants in its lawsuit and when it filed for a temporary restraining order.

The judge ruled that the plaintiff must pay Raymer $25,000 and the plaintiff’s lawyer must pay her $5,000, for a total of $30,000.

One the reasons for the award is that the plaintiffs alleged that Primp’s Primp trademark was
distinctive at the time the “infringing” domain name was registered. But, as the court noted:

However, a simple inquiry would have revealed that was registered to Raymer in 1998, nine years prior to the Primp mark’s registration in 2007. Absent any allegation that the Primp mark was distinctive in 1998, this allegation is frivolous.

Also, when the plaintiffs asked for a temporary restraining order, they stated “VL Raymer
registered to facilitate the counterfeiting of the Primp clothing . . . and distributed, advertised, offered for sale, and/or sold counterfeit Primp clothing bearing the Primp and Love Crush marks.”

As far as I can tell the domain has only ever been parked.

You’ll note earlier in this story I said the plaintiffs own(ed) the Primp trademark. I put the past tense in there because Raymer won a review with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, which canceled the registration.

Raymer was represented by Karen Bernstein, who does legal work for a number of domain owners.

A lot of bogus cybersquatting disputes are filed. This case was obviously over the top, but it’s still good to see justice served.


  1. domain guy says

    5K from the plaintiffs lawyer?
    the lawyer was flat out negilegent failing to provide accurate written ownership.Raymer should go after the plaibtiffs lawyer errora and omissions insurance….its not often you get a knowledgable domain owner that knows how to straighen out an ip lawyer..not to mention rip a registration off the principal register.
    These ip lawyers are out for blood at 300 an hour…that why a good public education is

  2. Amos Jepson says

    Wonderful! Made my day. I’m interested to know how much it costs to initiate a trademark review. I believe there are thousands in need of such review. I’m not convinced that any real people actually work at the USPTO. They just have a piece of software that accepts your money and eventually spits out an approval.

  3. Robert~ says

    UPDATE: (Sorry for the necromancy)

    Unfortunately, big money prevailed and the scumbags were able to reverse the cancellation and keep the trademark after all, at the end of 2012.

    Still, it was sweet justice when a dirty attempt to steal a domain name and screw over the owner had the tables turned and ended up basically nearly putting the Primp line out of business AND dismissing the counterfeiting charges and suits all in one fell swoop – all as a result of their own transgressions.

    The silver lining is that at least for almost a year after the close of this trial, the Primp trademark cancellation issue surely caused sleepless nights and ulcers for the slimeball owners and their lawyers.

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