Verizon files cybersquatting lawsuit for Verizon.com typos.
Verizon is suing 2Cool Guys.LLC (sic), Warren Weitzman, Arnold Trebach, and several John Does for trademark infringement.
In the lawsuit, Verizon alleges that the defendants registered domain names that infringe on Verizon’s trademarks and set up various companies to hide their activities. It alleges that the parties use Lead Networks Private Domains Limited as their registrar, which allegedly works with cybersquatters to hide their identities. (ICANN is currently trying to de-accredit Lead Networks.)
Among the potentially infringing domain names listed in the case are varizon.com, vierzon.com, and virazon.com.
Verizon is seeking damages of $100,000 per domain under the anti-cybersquatting statute, along with:
-Any profits earned by the defendants from using the domains as pay-per-click web sites
-Defendants to take corrective advertising to the extent necessary to correct any consumer confusion or misperceptions resulting from Defendants’ alleged unlawful acts
A copy of the lawsuit is available here (pdf).