Court Orders Transfer of Domain Name

June 24, 2013, 03:10 PM

In Civil Action No. 1:12cv1375-TSE-JFA, Plaintiff Entrepreneur Media, Inc. (EMI), filed a complaint seeking injunctive relief under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act against a defendant who registered (Domain Name). After the defendant failed to respond to the complaint, EMI filed a motion for default judgment which was referred to the magistrate judge. In a report and recommendation which later was adopted by Judge T. S. Ellis, III on May 6, 2013, the court entered judgment by default against defendant and ordered that VeriSign, Inc. change the registrar record for the Domain Name to EMIs registrar of choice. The Court noted that the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act provides that the Court has discretion to cancel a domain name registration or order it transferred to the trademark owner. Based on the evidence presented by EMI, the Court held that transfer of the Domain Name was warranted. —Kristan B. Burch