Company filed cybersquatting complaint in abuse of Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).
Master Call Connections, LLC has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in one of the most egregious UDRP filings in recent memory.
The company filed the UDRP against MasterCall, Inc.
MasterCall, Inc. operated for many years. In 2010, it dissolved its business but continued operating under the name MasterCall name for consulting services.
This, in and of itself, means the domain wasn’t registered in bad faith.
Master Call Connections tried to buy the domain name. When it didn’t get the price it wanted, it filed a UDRP — explaining that it made a $5,000 offer before learning about the existence of UDRP. It said the domain owner requested $15,000 without giving any reason, and that the domain owner isn’t using the domain.
But that was only half the story. The rest of the story, which Master Call Connections conveniently left out of its filing, came to light when the domain owner responded to the allegations.
It turns out the parties negotiated twice to buy the domain name. And the domain name owner gave an excellent explanation for why it wanted the price he did: he was still using the domain name for email for his consulting business.
In finding that Master Call Connections, LLC (represented by attorney Mikhail Lezhnev) filed the complaint in abuse of the policy, panelist David J. Steele wrote: Click here to continue reading…