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10/10/08 Greenwich Post News Links For Friday

Greenwich women expand their 'circle of care' with boutique

Circle of Care will host its 3rd Annual "Care to Shop" Holiday Boutique at the Inn at Longshore this year. After two previous successful events, Care to Shop will repeat the performance with a "Girls Night Out" exclusive preview on Thursday Nov. 6, followed the next day, Friday Nov. 7, with boutique sales open to the public. The festive preview will provide guests with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and more than 40 vendors. Tickets are $125. The Friday Holiday Boutique will run from 9 to 3, with a $10 entry fee (and free admission for all Thursday night guests). Vendors include jewelry at all price points, new hip bags, belts and accessories, holiday gifts, designer "lapsacks" for laptops, custom quilts, chic children's clothing and other items. Circle of Care is a 501-c-3 organization founded in 2003 to support families throughout Connecticut with children who have been diagnosed with cancer. visit Thecircleofcare.org for information or to buy tickets. Committee members from front left are Greenwich residents Christine Abry and Karen Morgenbesser; New Canaan residents Jeanna Shepard and Meegan Graham; Westport residents Deborah Murtaugh and Susan Kobylinski, and (back row) Wilton residents Liz Salguero, Leslie Finnie, Dawn Ladenheim, Lori Davis, Martha Shannon.

Voter registration drives scheduled before deadline

The deadline for new voter registration is fast approaching — mail-in applications must be postmarked by Oct. 21; in-person registration deadline is Oct. 28.

The League of Women Voters of Greenwich will be holding a voter registration session at the Riverside Shopping Center on Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all Connecticut residents who will turn 18 by Nov. 4. Voters will be provided with an explanation of the optiscan voting machine.

In addition, the First Baptist Church at 10 Northfield Road, working in collaboration with upper school government students at Brunswick School, will also hold a voter registration session on Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. During the lunch hour there will be complimentary hot dogs and home-made chili. At 3 p.m. there will be a 30-minute “rally for our nation” that will include ecumenical gospel singing and patriotic songs followed by a brief speech by Pastor Thomas Nins.

Nursing home seeks volunteers

Nathaniel Witherell is holding an open house for those interested in volunteer opportunities.

The event will be Thursday, Oct. 23 between 10 and noon or 3 and 5. Volunteer Coordinator Sally Van Leeuwen will informally talk to visitors about the different roles volunteers fill at the town-owned and operated skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. Witherell is at 70 Parsonage Rd.

Greenwich water polo team amid another solid season

The 2008 Greenwich High School water polo team is midway through another outstanding season.

At least that appears to be the case after the Cardinals won the Beast of the East tournament in West Lawn, Pa., last weekend to raise their record to a perfect 17-0. That’s exactly halfway to last year’s win total, when GHS went 34-3 and won the Eastern Interscholastic championship.

Tigers tame the water in Hartford with stellar showing

The Sacred Heart crew team has plenty to be thrilled about after its performance at the Head of the Riverfront Regatta, which was held this past weekend upstate in Hartford.

The lost decade

Written by Andy Szabo

I have done some calculations of what would have happened to four sample portfolios invested at the beginning of January 1999 and left unchanged until the end of last month. I don’t claim such a period is typical, only that it happens to be the most recent decade

10/10/08 Greenwich Police Chief Ridberg Has Things Screwed Up While The Stamford Police Chief Is Operating A Profeesional Department

Ridberg was there when Walters gave Ms. Ross
special treatment in the Greenwich Jail cell

Greenwich Police Chief David Ridberg Wants To Be Like

Ex-Police Chief James A. Walters.

Ridberg Is Giving The 20 Year Old Mystery Driver That Killed A Young Man In Town The "Oh It's Diana Ross" Treatment.

Cheif Ridberg Is Hiding Records And Protecting The Well Connected

Please See:

By Debra"I Am Doing A Much Better Job" Friedman

Greenwich Time Staff Writer

Article Launched: 10/10/2008 07:26:08 AM EDT

When a 63-year-old Milbank Avenue woman was killed in January after being struck by a garbage truck in central Greenwich, police declined to release the name of the driver, first saying the case was under investigation and later saying the driver's name would not be made public because he was not charged.


Yeah, But The Garbage Truck Driver Did Not Carry Her Way Down The Road Dumper Her In The Greenwich Post Office Driveway Before Speeding Off To Crash Into A Telephone Pole At The Bottom Of Greenwich Avenue.

Debra Friedman Continues:
Greenwich Time obtained the name after by filing a request under the state Freedom of Information statute.

Today, police are withholding the name of a driver who they say identified himself as the person behind the wheel of the Jeep Cherokee that struck and killed 20-year-old Joseph Borselio on Sheephill Road late Sunday night. Local blogs and Greenwich Time forums are filled with posts that question why the name has still not been released days after the incident occurred.

"It's a criminal investigation," said spokesman Lt. Daniel Allen. "We do not identify the people who are involved in criminal investigations."

Police Chief David Ridberg also said it is the police department's policy not to release the name.
"It serves no police purpose to release the name," Ridberg said. "If there was any threat at all to society by a person being at large, we would report the name."

While the department stands by its policy, other agencies in the state said such information is routinely released as a matter of public record.
The Town Of Greenwich In General and the Greenwich Police Department In Particular Have Often Violated Freedom Of Information Laws. Our Last First Selectman Jim Lash Was Fined For The Crime. Failure To Release Public Documents And Public Information Only Invites Special Treatment And Corruption In The Greenwich Police Department.
The 20 Year Old Mystery Man Who Mowed Down Joey And Dumped Him In A Driveway Before Speeding Off And Crashing Into A Telephone Pole Got Special Treatment.
If Joey Had Been Police Chief David Ridberg or Lt. Daniel Allen's Son Or Grandson He Would Have Been Charged For Leaving The Death Scene.
There Would Be No 20 Year Old Mystery Driver If One Of Ridberg's Family Members Were Killed In This Manner.
Debra Friedman Continues:
While the department stands by its policy, other agencies in the state said such information is routinely released as a matter of public record.

"The names of the operators are fairly quickly released because it's part of a police document, which is a matter of public record," said Lt. Sean Cooney, spokesman for the Stamford Police Department.

Cooney said every police department in the state is required to fill out an accident information report after a motor vehicle accident takes place. The cover of that report lists the names of every individual involved in the accident and it is almost always made available to the public, even in the case of a fatal motor vehicle accident, according to Cooney.

"Typically we release the cover sheet of the accident report which lists the names and we will say charges may be pending," said Cooney.

When State Police investigate a fatal motor vehicle accident, they also release the names of everyone involved. Sgt. Chris Johnson, a State Police public information officer, said their main concern is ensuring the victim's name is not released until troopers are certain the family has been notified. Once that occurs, Johnson said the identities of everyone involved becomes public information.
"Once all notifications have been made for the deceased person, the information on the accident information summary is released," said Johnson.
Who Looks More Honest And Professional?
The State Police Or The Greenwich Police Department?
Ridberg Is Inviting Favoritism And Corruption
With His Petty Secrecy Over Public Documents.
Debra Friedman Continues:
Allen said he was aware that other departments conducted things differently.

"That is their perogative," he said. "Our position on any investigation that involves the possibility of criminal charges being pressed is that we do not identify the people."

Allen also said the cover page of the accident report that lists the name of the driver involved in Sunday night's accident is not being made available to the public - a stance one criminal justice professor called a rarity.

Jospeh Pollini, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan and former New York Police Department lieutenant commander, said in his experience the name of a driver involved in a fatal accident who is a suspect in the death is almost always released, except in rare cases.

"In the case of the identity of a suspect, I find that somewhat odd," Pollini said of the situation in Greenwich. "I spent 30 years with the New York City Police Department and once we identified the name, it was released unless it was a weak case."
Maybe The Town Should Send Ridberg To John Jay For A couple Of Years.
Once Again Somebody In Greenwich Has Been Killed And Ridberg Is Afraid To Make An Arrest?
Once Someone Is Murdered In Greenwich It Often Takes Years To Get An Arrest.

If The 20 Year Old Mystery Man Had Been Arrested For Leaving The Death Scene He Might Have Gave A Statement That Night.

If The Public Knew Who The 20 Year Old Was They Might Give Police Valuable Information To Help Them With The Case.
What If He Had Been At An Illegal Underage Drinking Party Before Killing Joey?
What If One Of The Underage Party Goers Wants To Come Clean And Tell The Police What Really Happened.

Maybe, This Tipster Would Be To Afraid To Talk To Ridberg's Secretive Police Department.
Maybe This Person Would Think The Fix Was In.
The 20 Year Old Mystery Man Just Killed Someone And Just Walked Away Without So Much As Being Read His Rights.

Probably This Potential Police Tipster Would Think That The Secretive Ridberg Police Department Would Want To Hear What Really Happened.

Will The Borselio Family Have To Go The Route That The John Bria Family Went?

Will The Borselio Family Hire An Expensive Lawyer And Spend Two Or Three Years In Civil Court Before The Greenwich Police Department Will Make An Arrest.

John Bria Was Left To Die In His Room


Joey Borselio Was Left To Die In A Driveway

What If Joey Borselio's Grandparents Can't Afford To Pay A lawyer For Three Years.

The Greenwich Police Department Wouldn't Initialy Release Megan Caron's Name
In The Bria Drug Death Case.
Was The Greenwich Police Department Intimidated Because Megan Caron's Father, Glenn Caron, Creator Of The TV Series Moonlighting And Other Projects, Is A Hollywood Big shot?
It Wouldn't Be The First Time Greenwich Cops Backed Off From A Celebrity.

Will The 20 Year Old Mystery Driver Walk A Way Like Nothing Happened?

Chief Ridberg Should Go Over To St. Mary's And Visit Joey's Grave And Then Go Back And Do The Right Thing And Tell Lt. Daniel Allen To Release The Accident Information Report.


Police are seeking criminal charges against the driver of the sport utility vehicle that struck and killed 20-year-old Joseph Borselio late Sunday night on Sheephill Road, officials said

"This is a fatal accident where criminal charges are going to be pursued," said Lt. Daniel Allen, a police spokesman.

According to police, information is being filed with the state's attorney's office in Stamford, which makes a final determination on whether charges will be brought. The identity of the driver has not been released by police.

However, police said the driver is a Greenwich resident in his 20s.

The driver was heading northbound on Sheephill Road just before midniight when he struck Borselio, who was riding his bicycle in the same lane, police said.

Borselio was carried on the car as a result of the impact, police said. His body was found at the edge of a driveway on Sheephill Road and he was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
The driver's white Jeep Cherokee was found up the road, where police said it had struck a telephone pole before coming to a stop. Police said the driver was standing nearby and identified himself as being involved in the collision.

Sgt. Timothy Berry, who is investigating the incident, did not disclose whether the driver was violating any traffic laws at the time, or if he was operating the car under the influence of drugs or alcohol.




Before the Planning and Zoning Commission gives Aquarion Water Co. the green light on proposed construction at Putnam Water and Filter Plant, chairman Donald Heller wants proof that the construction is taking place at the best location.
Wiffle ballers take a swing at taters

This summer, the chips were down. Now, they're deep-fried. The teens at the center of the Wiffle ball controversy this summer are now selling their own brand of potato chips and they're aptly calling them Wiffle Chips.
Field hockey: Tigers show their Heart

As a defender, Dee Miller doesn't usually pay attention to the noise of the crowd. The Convent of the Sacred Heart junior is too busy trying to prevent the opposition from scoring.

It was almost painful watching U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., putting Greenwich resident Dick Fuld on the spot in congressional hearings this week on the financial meltdown.
To the editor:

The mortgage crisis is responsible for the Wall Street meltdown. It has been festering for months and months and is the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

When all the finger-pointing has subsided and the smoke has settled, who is responsible for this financial mess?

"Round up the usual suspects" Social Security and Medicare recipients - will be the cry in Congress. They are the culprits, as well as are other entitlement programs that help the needy.

This is the usual procedure.

Jim Cassidy
Mr. Cassidy That Was Very Well Put.

Please send your comments to GreenwichRoundup@gmail.com

10/09/08 Geenwich Roundup Has Gotten So Popular It Now Has A CyberSquatter.

Just a couple of months ago a person associated with the Sarah Litman And Joe Pisani's blog Our Greenwich attempted to infringe on our trademarked usage of "Old Greenwich Roundup" which we immediately defended our good name and trademark and started speaking with an attorney.

And Now Again Some Jealous Crooks

Are Attempting

To Steal From Us

Hasn't Anyone Ever Heard Of .........


It is wrong covet the HUGE success of Greenwich Roundup.

Exodus 20:17 "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour's." --- especially his web site which has the highest number of daily visitors and page views than any other web site in Greenwich.

Greenwich Roundup yesterday once again set a new daily record we had

1,683 visitors

Day by day Greenwich Residents are turning to the the lean mean truth telling machine known as Greenwich Roundup.

We are not sure which story or stories caused Greenwich Roundup to set a brand new all time daily record. Maybe it was the the reporting about the 20 Year Old Mystery Diver That Killed A Young Man Or Maybe It Was The Report That Had Video Of Frank Mazza And Said He Did Not Know An Ass From A Hole In The Ground.

Who knows and who cares.

But all of this web traffic at Greenwich Roundup has tempted very jealous people to steal from and try to profit from all of our hard work.

Most recently we had the Ex-Greenwich Time Staffers who formed Our Greenwich Attempt To Use Our Trade Marked Term:

"Old Greenwich Roundup"

Please See:

I was always surprised that they would try and steal the name of Old Greenwich Roundup web site, because it was the weakest of the our blog sites that are under development. Old Greenwich Roundup only gets 75 - 150 visitors a day.

Just Days After Sarah Littman and her crowd of Ex-Greenwich Time staffers decided to cease and desist from stealing our intellectual property we get a new thief trying to use the good name of Greenwich Roundup.

On September 05, 2008 at 3:46 pm someone once again is attempting to steal our intellectual property and registered the name GreenwichRoundup.com, we have been quietly investigating this and watching what they are planning to do with our good name.

For over a year Greenwich Roundup has stated that we had plans to monetize our trademarked name by selling local advertising.

Well now this rouge company has taken http://www.greenwichroundup.com/ and is now apparently confusing Greenwich Businesses and selling them ads by telling them they will be on the high traffic web site Greenwich Roundup.

These Crooks Are Selling "Sponsored listings for Greenwich":

To local businesses like:

There are even ads about the Hyatt Regency and the Delmar.

While we understand that Greenwich Businesses want to be associated with a high traffic web site like Greenwich Roundup that brings in over 1,500 visitors per day.

We are sorry to report that we are not equiped or ready to handle local advertising accounts.

Right now we are solely focused on deliverying hyper local news to Greenwich Residents.

In fact, when a local business gives it's hard earned money to http://greenwichroundup.com/ they are giving it to a criminal organization that has aq very nasty reputation on internet message boards.

I have spoken to a couple of lawyers about my options and will be taking action against this bottom feeding internet firm that's hoping to get a couple oh hundred misdirrected hits when some assumes the internet adddress for GreenwichRoundup is http://www.greenwichroundup.com/

The Greenwich Roundup trademark was so strong that it was often refered to as GreenwichRoundup.com and these cybersquatters are causing confussion in the marketplace.

We have scores of incidents where persons have refered to Greenwich Roundup as GreenwichRoundup.com in the past.

Please see:

For What It's Worth: See what happens when you don't have Bush to ...
For some reason that eludes me the blogger at Greenwichroundup.com chooses to link to a story today about poverty in Fredericton, Canada. ...greenwichrealestate.blogspot.com/2008/08/see-what-happens-when-you-dont-have.html - 162k - Cached - Similar pages

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Another Job Killer Thanks to Greenwichroundup.com I was steered to ... A higher minimum wage was passed by the federal government and Connecticut this year ...www.searchforecast.com/keyword-tags-publisher-directory/analysis/Cga.ct.gov - 141k - Cached - Similar pages

Please Note:

Cybersquatting means registering, selling or using a domain name with the intent of profiting from the goodwill of someone else's trademark

Under UDRP policy, successful complainants can have the names deleted or transferred to their ownership (which means paying regular renewal fees on all the names or risk their being registered by someone else). Under the ACPA (Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act) a cybersquatter can be held liable for actual damages or statutory damages in the amount of a maximum of $100,000 for each name found to be in violation.

This basically a case of "name jacking" (also "name-jacking" or "namejacking") which is accomplished by purchasing an individual's name as a top level domain name. Setting up a website allows the purchaser to capitalize on any searches done for that name. For example, if John Jones has a thriving professional practice (perhaps he is a doctor, a lawyer, a financial professional, or real estate agent - or any other profession which interacts with the public on a regular basis), there is a high likelihood that potential clients will do some research on the internet before doing business with Mr. Jones. If Mr. Jones has been "name jacked. "then someone else owns johnjones.com and that website will appear at or near the top of any searches for the name "John Jones." These "name jacked" sites are typically set up to sell high-profit items like ebooks and/or various business opportunities and require few purchases to be profitable.

This is a case of trademark infringement, because Greenwich Roundup is getting over 1,500 visitors per day.

The domain name is identical or confusingly similar to our trademarked name Gtreenwich Roundup.

This domain name registrant had a bad-faith intent to profit from the trademark which attracts over 1,500 visitors per day.

The cybersquatter registers a domain name containing another’s trademark and sets up a website. The cybersquatter displays advertisements on the website on behalf of advertisers willing to pay the cybersquatter anywhere from a few pennies to a few dollars each time somebody clicks on one of the ads. The cybersquatter then counts on the fact that Internet users will type in the cybersquatted domain name into their web browser and click on the ads. Multiply this by a hundred clicks per day, and multiply that by a thousand domain names, and suddenly we’re talking about a lot of money.

Cybersquatters recognize that a single domain name can bring in hundreds of dollars a day, and they capitalize on this by acquiring domain names that will yield substantial user traffic.

Maybe, I should start asking 1,500 plus people a day to make a daily trip to http://www.greenwichroundup.com/ and click the links of some car dealers, hotels and realestate agencies.

Then when Coldwell Banker Of Greenwich Gets A Bill That Reads.....

1,500 hits x 30 days x $1 each

......then they might not want to advertise with this bottom feeding company.

I Learned Today That We Can Sue The Domain Name And Not The Cybersquatter (In Rem Claims Under ACPA).

The federal Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (“ACPA”) enables cybersquatting victims to recover their domain names even when the cybersquatter is located in another country, or where the cybersquatter cannot be identified at all. Such actions are referred to as in rem actions.

Notable Arbitration Decisions Involving Cybersquatters.


The estate of Anthony Quinn, the renowned artist and two-time Oscar-winning actor, filed a UDRP complaint against the registrant of AnthonyQuinn.com The Quinn estate claimed that Anthony Quinn’s fame and success as both an artist and actor made his name internationally known in multiple categories of goods and services, including entertainment services, jewelry, watches, award statuettes, and entertainment awards.

The UDRP panel found that the registrant was not using the domain in connection with the bona fide offering of goods or services or making a legitimate non-commercial or fair use of the domain, because the registrant used the disputed domain to operate a website featuring links to various competing and non-competing commercial websites for the registrant’s own commercial gain, which was evidence of the registrant’s bad faith registration and use.

Click Here For The Arbitration Decision


The actress Carmen Electra brought a UDRP arbitration action against the registrant of CarmenElectra.com. The registrant used the disputed domain to divert traffic to a website located at www.celebrity1000.com, a commercial website providing biographical information on some actors but not Carmen Electra.

The UDRP panel ordered the transfer of the disputed domain to Ms. Electra, finding that the public associates the name Carmen Electra with Ms. Electra’s performance services. The panel also found that the registrant had no rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain, and the registrant registered and used the disputed domain in bad faith.

Click Here For The Arbitration Decision

A close relationship exists between trademarks and rights in domain names. A trademark is a word, name, symbol or device which is used in connection with goods to indicate the source of the goods and to distinguish them from others’ goods (a service mark is the same as a trademark except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product).

Trademark rights may be used to prevent others from using a confusingly similar mark, but not to prevent others from making the same goods or from selling the same goods or services under a clearly different mark. As such, in order to serve as a trademark, the word, name, or symbol must not simply convey to the buyer qualities or characteristics of the goods, but it must be unique and distinctive.

A trademark comes into existence as soon as a business starts using that trademark in commerce. While registering a trademark with the United States Patent & Trademark Office offers a trademark holder certain benefits, it is not necessary to establish rights in a trademark. Once a business has established rights in a trademark, it can prevent others from using that trademark—or confusingly similar words or symbols—on similar goods.

Trademark law dovetails closely with anti-cybersquatting law. The owner of a trademark has the right to prevent another person from using the trademark—or a confusingly similar variation of the trademark—in a domain name, if the person has a bad faith intent to profit from the domain name. Congress has determined that it is unlawful for a person to register a domain name containing another’s trademark with an intent to profit on the other’s trademark. However, a trademark holder cannot prevent another from using the trademark in connection with sufficiently different goods. As such, Congress has required a trademark holder to show that the cybersquatter had a bad faith intent to profit from the domain name.

Greenwich Roundup Is Part Of Round Up Media Which Has Maintained A Legal Mailing Address In Olg Greenwich For About Four Years And Has Had A Dedicated Phone Line For One Year.

Domain names are big business. For the past several years, domain names, the “real estate of the Internet,” have generated substantial returns for savvy investors, who often refer to themselves as “domainers.”

Prior to the rise of pay-per-click advertising, domain name speculators would acquire desirable or trademarked domain names and then simply sit on them, hoping that they could sell them later on for a profit.

Today, a domain name holder can display pay-per-click advertising on a website, and sit-back and let the money roll in while Internet users click on those ads. A single domain name can bring in hundreds of dollars a day, and many domain name holders have thousands or even millions of domain names. The ability of a domain name to generate money through pay-per-click advertising depends on the likelihood that users will type in that domain name. As such, a domain that is a common word or phrase, or which incorporates a well known trademark, can draw in a constant stream of Internet users.

In order to make money from a domain name, only a fraction of the Internet users who type in a domain name need to click on an ad. Each click can bring in anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars.

Cybersquatting is not a petty crime. Rather, cybersquatting can involve substantial money and serious legal claims.

And this, trademark owner is going to be proactive in policing the misuse of our trademarks by cybersquatters.

As soon as you become the most visited website in Greenwich all of the cockroaches come out trying to steal a little bit of your traffic and goodwill.

If we get this much trouble when we get over 1,500 visitors per day. What's going to happen when we get 2,000 or 2,500 visitors per day.



Also Look At This Recent News About Recovered Domain Names:

In a domain dispute between Complainant, Toshiba Corporation, and Respondents, James Valedshi and Serified Systems, the UDRP panel found found the domain names, and , to be confusingly similar to the TOSHIBA trademark. The UDRP Panel also found the Respondent’s registration and use of the trademark was in bad faith, and transferred the domain names to the Complainant.

Post-Its Go Online
After 3M Corp. filed a complaint that the domain name was confusingly similar to its 30-year old POST-IT trademark, the Respondent willingly accepted the transfer. The UDRP panel found no reason to deny the request of the Complainant, and granted the transfer of the disputed domain from Nameking.com to 3M Corporation.

World Series of Poker
Harrah’s License Company, LLC, a subsidiary of the famous casino mogul, Harrah’s Operating Company, Inc., submitted a complaint against Chad Nordaune regarding the domain name, <> for its association with their annual event, the World Series of Poker. After reviewing the pleadings, the panel found the domain name confusingly similar to Harrah's mark and ordered it transferred.

Harrah’s License Company, LLC, a subsidiary of the famous casino mogul, Harrah’s Operating Company, Inc., submitted a complaint against Chad Nordaune regarding the domain name, <> for its association with their annual event, the World Series of Poker. On September 17, 2008, the panel transferred the domain to the Complainant on the grounds that the domain name is confusingly similar to the trademark , registered and used in bad faith, and not of legitimate interest to the Respondent. The Respondent’s use of the domain name included a website featuring Complainant’s marks, designs and services as well as information regarding other poker websites.

Harrah’s License Company, LLC, a subsidiary of the famous casino mogul, Harrah’s Operating Company, Inc., submitted a complaint against Chad Nordaune regarding the domain name, <> for its association with their annual event, the World Series of Poker. On September 17, 2008, the panel transferred the domain to the Complainant on the grounds that the domain name is confusingly similar to the trademark , registered and used in bad faith, and not of legitimate interest to the Respondent. The Respondent’s use of the domain name included a website featuring Complainant’s marks, designs and services as well as information regarding other poker websites.

Hershey Chocolate & Confectionery Corporation recently succeeded in recovering the domain name www.MilkDuds.com. The respondent argued that the MilkDuds.com website sold clothes relating to milk products: hence the terms, milk & duds. The UDRP panel rejected this argument, and found that the www.MilkDuds.com website sought to divert traffic from Hershey's website. Accordingly a transfer was ordered.

C.S. Lewis Estate Recovers Narnia.mobi
The estate of C.S. Lewis recovered the domain name Narnia.mobi, as ordered by a UDRP panel. The cybersquatter argued that the domain was registered for personal use and therefore not in bad faith. The UDRP panel rejected this argument, finding that the respondents had a pattern and practice of registering domain names based on others' trademarks.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Wins Back MoneyMayweather.com
Former welterweight champion boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., a.k.a. “Money Mayweather,” has won a domain name dispute for MoneyMayweather.com. Despite a lack of a registered trademark, the UDRP panel found that Mayweather had common law rights to his nickname.

A National Arbitration Forum UDRP panel agreed with Yahoo! and found that the domain name WWW.YAHOOYELLOWPAGES.COM was cybersquatted. The fact that the domain name did not resolve to an active website did not dissuade the panel from finding a presence of bad faith. The panel ordered the domain name to be transferred to Yahoo!

Jimmy Buffet files UDRP Complaint
Jimmy Buffet and his associated companies filed a UDRP complaint against CheeseburgersInParadise.com, a cybersquatted domain name similar to the name of Buffet’s restaurant chain “Cheeseburger (singular) In Paradise”.

Jimmy Buffet and his associated companies filed a UDRP complaint against CheeseburgersInParadise.com, a cybersquatted domain name similar to the name of Buffet’s restaurant chain “Cheeseburger (singular) In Paradise”. The site CheeseburgerInParadise.com is currently used by Buffet and gets 25,000 to 35,000 hits per month. The cybersquatted domain points to a parked page with ads for Wendys and Yellowbook.com.

Facebook Wins Facebook.com.au
Facebook won the domain FACEBOOK.COM.AU from from Callverse Pty Ltd, an Australian company that was advertising an upcoming “click to call service." at this domain name .AU is the country code for Australia and such domains are not freely salable on the aftermarket, as registration is limited to Australian companies and individuals. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) decision was made by three-person panel and will be published in due course.

Conservative talk show host Tucker Carlson recently recovered the domain name TUCKERCARLSON.COM from a cybersquatter. Prior to this action, the domain resolved to a parked website with sponsored links.

Baylor University, a Christian school in Waco, Texas, has filed a UDRP arbitration to recover the domain name www.Baylor.com. Baylor University's official web address is www.Baylor.edu. The website currently resolving to www.Baylor.com is parked and displays sponsored links.

On May 12, 2008, a National Arbitration Forum panel found that the domain name Kimkardashian.com was being cybersquatted. The panel found that the domain name was identical to the registered trademark KIM KARDASHIAN, owned by the television actress and model of the same name. The panel found the registrant had acted in bad faith and had no legitimate rights to the domain name.

Microsoft goes after Microsoftt
A National Arbitration Forum panel recently ruled that Microsoft was entitled to reclaim the domain name Microsoftt.org from a cybersquatter. The panel found that Microsoftt.org was confusingly similar to the MICROSOFT trademark, and that the registrant had used the domain name in bad faith by displaying links to competitors' websites. Accordingly, a transfer was ordered.

On April 25, 2008, a National Arbitration Forum panel found that the State Farm Insurance Co. had successfully shown that the respondent had registered the domain name Ststefarm.com in bad faith to trade off State Farm's trademark. The panelist found that the respondent had no rights in the STATE FARM trademark and the this trademark was confusingly similar to the domain name Ststefarm.com.

On April 7, 2008, a World Intellectual Property Organization panel found that the domain name SimonAndShuster.com was being cybersquatted. The registrant had used the domain name to promote businesses in competition with Simon and Schuster. The panel found that the domain name was confusingly similar to the SIMON AND SCHUSTER trademark, and that the registrant had taken advantage of this confusing similarity for commercial gain. Accordingly, a transfer was ordered.

On March 13, 2008, a National Arbitration Forum panel found that the domain name shuttterfly.com was being cybersquatted. The registrant had used the domain name to display both competing and unrelated links to third-party websites. The panel found that the domain name was confusingly similar to the SHUTTERFLY trademark, and that the registrant had taken advantage of this confusing similarity for commercial gain. Accordingly, a transfer was ordered.

On February 13, 2008, a National Arbitration Forum panel found that the domain name yahootrips.com was being cybersquatted. The panel found that the domain name was confusingly similar to the YAHOO! trademark, and the panel stated that the deletion of the exclamation point from the domain name was irrelevant because exclamation points are not valid domain characters. The panel also found that the registrant had acted in bad faith and has no legitimate rights because the domain name did not lead to an active website.


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