owner wins RDNH in cybersquatting dispute owner wins RDNH in cybersquatting dispute

Francois Carrillo successfully defended his valuable domain with help of attorney John Berryhill.

the words "reverse domain name hijacking" in pale yellow type on a black bacground, next to a graphic of a pirate face

Francois Carrillo, owner of the popular domain news aggregator, has successfully defended (pdf) his domain name in a UDRP. The Complainant was also found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking.

Canadian healthcare company NURO Corp. filed the UDRP. The company was incorporated in 2017. Carrillo acquired the domain name in 2015, so this case was dead on arrival on the issue of bad faith.

The panel found that the domain was not registered and used in bad faith. Oddly, it did not find rights or legitimate interests for Carrillo, which I think was a mistake. But the most important thing is that the panel decided the overall case correctly and also found NURO Corp. guilty of reverse domain name hijacking.

Many panels are hesitant to find a Complainant that is not represented by outside counsel to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. But in this case, it was clear that the Complainant had access to outside counsel when filing its case.

The panel found reverse domain name hijacking because the Complainant filed the case even though the facts demonstrated the complainant knew it could not succeed on the issue of bad faith registration and use.

John Berryhill represented Carrillo.

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