Garage door wars.
A couple weeks ago I wrote about a UDRP in which a panelist who knew little about internet marketing awarded the domain name BoiseGarageDoor.com to a garage door company in Boise.
Now the respondent in that case has filed a lawsuit to block the transfer (pdf). It also claims that the UDRP complainant Boise Garage Door, LLC is slandering and libeling it.
According to the suit:
Upon information and belief, on October 5, Defendant or his counsel left a negative review on the advertisement for boisegaragedoor.net on Yahoo! Local alleging that Boise Garage Door (sic) is stealing business from Boise Garage Door through “deceit”.
Here’s the ad:
The suit says that the domain in this advertisement – BoiseGarageDoor.net – was registered by an internet marketing group that is generating leads for it.
I find the “review” funny, as it says the domain is owned by a cybersquatter in Arizona. That’s actually just Go Daddy’s whois proxy service.
The negative review was allegedly posted during the WIPO case.
The immediate effect of this lawsuit is that WIPO will stay the transfer of the domain name to Boise Garage Door, LLC.
If the plaintiff is successful, Boise Garage Door could end up paying damages.
The plaintiff is represented by local counsel as well as internet attorney Brett Lewis.