A UDRP has been filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) against the Fabricator.com domain name. The UDRP filing can be found on UDRPSearch.com, and it is case #1728625.
The current Whois record for Fabricator.com shows the owner is NameFind, a company that is owned by GoDaddy. Based on a historical Whois record from DomainTools, I believe this domain name was acquired in the major Marchex domain name portfolio acquisition. I am not sure when Marchex acquired this dictionary .com domain name.
At the time of publication, the Fabricator.com landing page has a generic search box with some popular keywords showing. I am not familiar with this type of PPC landing page, as it looks different than others I have seen in the NameFind portfolio. From my perspective, there shouldn’t be anything wrong with the business model of generating revenue from pay per click advertising on a keyword domain name. Fabricator.com is listed for sale on Afternic with a minimum opening offer of $32,500.
Because the UDRP was filed at the NAF, the complainant is not yet listed in the filing. Since this is a dictionary .com domain name and there are many brands that have “Fabricator” in their business name (and there are also a ton of companies that would say they are fabricators), I couldn’t even venture a guess as to what company or entity filed the UDRP.
This is the second UDRP filing for a NameFind-owned domain name (that I have noticed) in the last couple of weeks. On April 13, I reported the UDRP filing for ThePlayers.com, which was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization.
I don’t see any obvious reason for how a complainant will win this UDRP, but I will be keeping an eye on it as I do with all valuable domain names that are subject of a UDRP.
6.3.17 Update: The panel ruled in favor of the domain owner. The complainant in this UDRP was Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International. Reverse Domain Name Hijacking was not ruled, and it doesn’t look like it was considered.