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Apple gets Reverse Domain Name Hijacking decision in cybersquatting dispute

Dairy company tries to get Lala.com domain name through cybersquatting complaint.

Apple (NASDAQ: APPL) has successfully defended its domain name LaLa.com in a cybersquatting dispute. The World Intellectual Property Organization panel hearing the case decided that the complaint was brought in bad faith.

Comercializadora de Lacteos y Derivados, S.A., a Mexican producer of dairy products under the LaLa brand, filed the dispute against LaLa.com. The domain name was acquired by music service La La Media, Inc, which Apple acquired in 2009 and subsequently shut down. Apple maintains email services on the domain name.

Clearly, the domain name was not acquired in bad faith and Apple had rights or legitimate interests in the domain name. Apple did not ask the panel to find reverse domain name hijacking. But the panel considered it anyway and noted that the dairy company provided little to no evidence to back up its claims. It also appears that the dairy company previously tried to buy the domain from Apple and didn’t mention this in its complaint.

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