WebQuest Files Lawsuit Over Hayward.com

A couple of weeks ago, Hayward.com was awarded to the complainant, Hayward Industries in a UDRP decision. It comes as no surprise that the owner of the domain name, WebQuest.com, Inc, filed a lawsuit to retain this geographical domain name. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in the Fresno office of the California Eastern District Court.

Lawsuits may be expensive, but they are necessary when it comes to asset protection. Companies should realize that while a UDRP may seem like an inexpensive and cost-effective way to take possession of a high value domain name, a favorable UDRP decision will almost certainly end up in court, where both parties will need to engage in an expensive legal battle.

Thanks to George for the tip.

Elliot Silver
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  1. Go get ’em Chad !

    Make that damn pool company pay out the nose and ruin their name while you are at it.

    I admire your courage.

  2. It will be necessary to make an example of that pool company. If not this company, some other company.

    They need to be destroyed financially and put out of business. No mercy. Take it all, make the proprietors destitute professionally and personally.

    The message needs to be sent to the online world that misuse of the UDRP process leads to ruin, not riches.

    I wish Webquest every possible success in its endeavors!

  3. As a domain newbie I am confused here.

    If WIPO, which I believe is the authority over domain ownership, awarded Hayward.com to the corporation, then how can WebQuest then appeal that decision in a state court? Would the CA court system have any jurisdiction here?

    And if WebQuest wins, then what happens as both groups will have won in different legal systems? Does it become a best two out of three in another court system?

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