CDAS Successfully Stops Domain Name Abuse

CDAS successfully represented the preeminent international luxury company LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy Group) in National Arbitration Forum proceedings involving a domain name. CDAS partner Jean Albert first obtained a favorable preliminary decision finding a likelihood of success and irreparable harm. The final decision concluded that the defendant had registered the domain name either to harass or embarrass the complainant. (This follows another recent victory by Mr. Albert on behalf of LVMH, for its luxury watchmaker Tag-Heuer, in a WIPO arbitration also related to domain name abuse by another party).

The successful results included those achieved in proceedings before RES (the Rapid Evaluation Service), created to fast-track disputes regarding the .xxx extension, (the most recent ICANN approved extension). Domain name disputes are expected to hit an all-time high this year, in part as cyber-squatters have flocked to this .xxx adult entertainment extension hoping for a quick profit, even
if it means trying to hijack popular trade names and brands to do it. RES was intended to offer a fast response, to help protect the reputation and privacy of those whose names are abused online.

Mr. Albert’s practice focuses on international law, European law, corporate and financial law, and intellectual property law in particular for technology-related intellectual property. He has experience in over 90 countries assisting clients in joint ventures, partnerships, acquisitions and the expansion of their activities abroad.