MySchool411.com owner gets schooled.
It turns out .XYZ wasn’t the only company winning on summary judgment yesterday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia.
Judge John F. Anderson granted (pdf) Original Web Ventures’ Motion for Summary Judgment in a lawsuit brought by Joseph Carpenter over the domain name MySchool.com.
Carpenter operates a site at MySchool411.com. He lost two UDRPs against the domain name MySchool.com, but was undeterred. In February he filed an in rem lawsuit against MySchool.com.
Carpenter switched counsel a number of times during the case, and someone presumably affiliated with Carpenter posted a number of comments on Domain Name Wire about the case. One of the comments read (in part) that Carpenter was pursuing this litigation to “keep running up [the registrant’s] bills on purpose and make this the most expensive domain [Original Web Ventures] will ever buy in his life.”
Original Web Ventures’ attorney, David Weslow of Wiley Rein LLP, alleged in a pleading to the court that Carpenter made the comments and it showed his true intentions. In response, Carpenter claimed it was posted by his cousin and represented “nothing more than venting of third-parties on a message board.”
The transcript from the hearing for summary judgment has not been published yet. I will publish an update when it’s available.
John Berryhill says
I do hope Mr. Carpenter returns to favor us with some of his colorful comments.
C.S. Watch says
There is a breed of fellow who, on the subconscious level, really does not wish to ‘be’ successful. Rather, his bliss is in venting bitter resentment and aggression against those who ‘are’ successful. Take a seat on a Dublin barstool to see this tedious cultural norm raised to high art.
Aggression is where these folks lay waste their powers, rather than trudging through a business plan, and so, they routinely die broke. Prisons and poorhouses are full of people who think martyrdom is a stand-alone virtue.
(Which is not to say that dying broke isn’t superb estate planning.)
John Berryhill says
For those to whom litigation becomes a psychologically obsessive activity, actually accomplishing any desired result in court is entirely beside the point. Normally, this is because the court is corrupt or fails to recognize the pure genius of the insane litigant.