Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have filed a lawsuit in the Arizona District Court against domain registrars, Namecheap and Whoisguard for cybersquatting, trademark infringement, false designation of origin and trademark dilution.
The plaintiffs allege that the defendants provide a proxy service to cybercriminals by hiding malicious domain names from the public.
The plaintiffs reportedly said that the licensees of these domain names often use the service for online abuse, including phishing, malware, spam and trademark infringement.
The plaintiffs allege that this act has infringed on Facebook and its subsidiaries’ trademarks and has violated the Lanham Act and the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.
According to the plaintiffs, Whoisguard registered, trafficked in, or used at least forty-five domain names that are identical or confusingly similar to the Facebook Trademarks, FB Trademarks, Instagram Trademarks, and WhatsApp Trademarks.
The plaintiffs reportedly said that the infringement has caused lots of damages, confusion, and unfair competition.
The plaintiffs seek a permanent injunction, divestment of funds earned through unjust enrichment, an award of $100,000 per infringing domain name, attorney’s fees, and other relief as deemed by the court.
The case is pending.
Facebook Incorporated et al v. Namecheap Incorporated et al
|Judge:||G Murray Snow|
|Court:||Arizona District Court|
|Nature of Suit:||Trademark|
|Case Filed:||March 04, 2020|