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 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.