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 National Arbitration Forum: Link to lawsuit site against mark holder shows bad faith

The complainent owned a registered trademark for "Champion Mortgage". The respondent used the disputed domain name "championsmortgageclassaction.com" to redirect users to a commercial website for respondants gain. This was not a bona fide offering of goods or services, the panalist said. Although the respondant also provided consumers with information and services regarding a lawsuit against the Complainant, the National Arbitration Forum held that the use of a domain to link to a lawsuit site against the mark holder showes bad faith: "... However, the Panel is not aware that one suing another who holds a protected trademark acquires some right to use the targeted litigantís protected mark in ways that benefit the user and not the holder of the mark." 

 

 

 

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