Town of Secaucus Files UDRP Against SecaucusNJ.org

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Secaucus, New Jersey is a relatively small town that is close in proximity to New York City. While looking at UDRPSearch.com this afternoon, I noticed the Town of Secaucus filed a UDRP against the SecaucusNJ.org domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization. It is WIPO Case D2020-0509.

From the looks of it, this does not appear to be a typical UDRP filing. In looking through Screenshots.com, it appears that this was a developed website, and I believe it was operated by the town of Secaucus. A Google search also shows the town operates the matching .gov domain name for its website – SecaucusNJ.gov. It is unclear whether the town operated two distinct websites, and if so, for how long.

A Whois search for SecaucusNJ.org shows very little information because of GDPR, but it appears that the registrant is based in the country of Malta. A historical Whois search at DomainTools using the Whois History tool shows the domain name was registered to the Town of Secaucus, NJ in 2019. Because of the way GoDaddy protects some registrant information on third party websites, I am not able to see if the registrant email address is that of a town employee, so it is not totally clear that the Town was the registrant. Prior to that, the domain name had been registered to what appears to be a local web development company in New Jersey.

Based on the Whois information alone, I am not totally able to tell what happened with the domain name that would warrant a UDRP filing.

Using NameBio though, I can see this domain name was reportedly sold on August 6, 2019 for $910 via GoDaddy. My educated guess is that the domain name expired, possibly due to an oversight, and someone bought the domain name via GoDaddy Auctions for $910.

I look forward to reading the UDRP decision to see what happened with this domain name and see how it ends up. SecaucusNJ.org is a fairly generic geographic domain name, so it might not be a cut and dry decision.

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