Big win for credit report company; CitizenHawk may reap benefits.
In what may set a record for most domains subject to a single domain name arbitration, the parent company of FreeCreditReport.com has won the transfer of 1,017 domain names registered by California-based NetCorp.
The domain names are mostly typos of the company’s FreeCreditReport.com web site, which is widely advertised as a free credit check service. Examples include fareecreditreport.com, freecmeditreport.com, and freecqeditreport.com.
NetCorp argued that FreeCreditReport.com is merely descriptive, and that the company did not have trademark rights at the time it registered the domain names. The panel didn’t buy it.
This case could be a big win for anti-typosquatting company CitizenHawk, which represented FreeCreditReport.com’s parent company ConsumerInfo.com. CitizenHawk has struck “pay for performance” deals with clients in the past, which gives the company rights to monetize any domains it recovers for a fixed period of time before handing them over to the client.