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Name Administration Successfully Settles ChilliBeans.com Dispute After Legal Battle

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Frank Schilling

It's very frustrating to see a generic / descriptive domain name taken away from a registrant via UDRP.  Not only is it unfair, but it also adds to the cost of doing business, as a UDRP defense has become a risk that needs to be factored into any domain investor's business model.

Back in late 2008, Balglow  Finance, a Brazilian company operating a sunglasses business known as "Chilli Beans,"  filed a UDRP for the descriptive domain name, ChilliBeans.com. The domain name  was/is owned by Frank Schilling's company,  Name Administration, Inc. When the three person NAF panel ruled against Name Administration in November of 2008, the company filed a lawsuit in its Grand Cayman jurisdiction in order to keep the domain name.

I was just informed that Name Administration has prevailed in its nearly two year legal effort to keep this domain name. According to a release I received this afternoon, the companies agreed that  "NAI's use of the generic Chillibeans.com domain name violated no enforceable rights of Balglow Finance." → Read More