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Prudential Files UDRP Against PRU.com

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A UDRP has been filed against the valuable 3 letter PRU.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and it is case #D2020-0714. The UDRP was filed by The Prudential Insurance Company of America.

PRU.com was registered over 22 years ago in 1997. The domain name is currently registered under privacy proxy at GoDaddy, so the registrant is not publicly known at this time. When I visited PRU.com this morning, I saw that the domain name resolves to a default GoDaddy landing page. The domain name appears to have been for sale via Sedo at some point in the last several years. I do not see any public sales history for this domain name on NameBio.

GoogleCoronavirus.com Subject of UDRP Filing (Update)

It looks like we have our first Coronavirus-related UDRP filing. It appears that Google has filed a UDRP against the GoogleCoronavirus.com domain name at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), according to UDRPSearch.com. It is case #1888606. Because NAF does not report the name of the complainant until the decision is published, we can only assume the complainant is Google.

NameFind’s LAZ.org Subject of URS Filing (Updated)

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A UDRP URS has been filed against the three letter Laz.org domain name at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF). The UDRP URS was filed last week, and it is case #1887839. Because the UDRP URS was filed at the NAF, the complainant in this UDRP URS will not become publicly known until the decision is published.

LAZ.org was created nearly 20 years ago, in April of 2001. According to current Whois records, the domain name is owned by NameFind, the domain name portfolio company owned and operated by GoDaddy. At the present time,

YouPorn Goes After YouPorn.com Typo Domain Names (Updated)

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Licensing IP International S.A.R.L., the parent company of You Porn, filed several UDRPs at the National Arbitration Forum. YouPorn is a popular adult video website and one of the 500 most visited websites in the world, according to Alexa. One of the UDRP filings is for multiple domain names and it looks like the others are each for a single domain name.

While I think almost all of the domain names are obvious typos, at least one seems like it could be winnable for the registrant. The domain names that are included in the UDRP filings include:

Don’t “Ask a Lawyer” on a Domain Forum

The legal section of a domain forum is a popular place for people to ask domain name related questions pertaining to trademarks, UDRP, legal threats, and other legal-related topics. I don’t think it’s wise to post specific legal questions in a public domain name forum, but plenty of people value getting some / any feedback over the potential that it could harm their case or lead them astray.

As I’ve written in the past, it is wise to get the advice of a domain name attorney who has experience and expertise in Intellectual Property Law, specifically related to domain names. There are quite a few exceptional attorneys who have many years of experience helping domain investors with many different legal issues.

Facebook Files Lawsuit Against Namecheap (Updated)

According to a blog post on Facebook’s corporate blog, the social network company filed a lawsuit against Namecheap. The suit was filed because there were domain names registered at Namecheap under Whois privacy proxy that allegedly infringed on Facebook’s trademarks. The blog post was written by Christen Dubois, Director and Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation at Facebook.

Here’s an excerpt from the blog post outlining the lawsuit:

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