Minneapolis
22 January 2018
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Delta claims "confusingly similar" domain


Delta Airlines has claimed 27 domains in a UDRP dispute at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum.

According to Delta, all 27 domains were owned by the same person operating under several aliases and included the Delta trademark, along with generic terms such as ‘free’ and ‘air’.

Delta said that the original registrant did not use a privacy service, but provided false and incomplete registrant information.

Sole panellist Charles McCotter found that the domains confusingly similar to the Delta trademark and that the original registrant did not have “rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain names”.

“[Delta] has not authorised respondent to use its marks. Respondent is not commonly known by the disputed domain names. The WHOIS information can support a finding that the respondent is not commonly known by a disputed domain name,” he said.

McCotter also found that all domains resolved to an identical website offering fraudulent surveys purportedly from Delta. He said that this evidenced the original registrants bad faith. All 27 domains were transferred to Delta.

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