Michele Dinoia has cybersquatted in the past, but was Materia.com different?
Michele Dinoia has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against California company Materia, Inc., after Materia won a UDRP for Dinoia’s domain name Materia.com. The lawsuit seeks to stay the transfer and seeks a finding reverse domain name hijacking.
National Arbitration panelist Richard DiSalle found in Materia, Inc’s favor in a UDRP decision dated August 20. He ordered Dinoia’s domain name registrar, Name.com, to transfer Materia.com to Materia, Inc.
The domain name will be a nice upgrade for Materia, Inc., which uses the domain name Materia-Inc.com.
In reading the UDRP decision and lawsuit filing (pdf), I can’t help but wonder if panelist DiSalle’s decision was influenced by Dinoia’s past actions with other domain names. It’s abundantly clear that Dinoia has cybersquatted on famous brands in the past. Yet the instant case wasn’t so clear cut: Click here to continue reading…