Rob Monster sues after losing UDRP for BC30.com
Monster chose to blast WIPO rather than respond to the three elements of UDRP.
Rob Monster, the CEO of domain name registrar Epik, has filed a lawsuit after losing the domain name BC30.com in a UDRP.
Ganeden Biotech, Inc. filed a UDRP with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) against the domain name in December.
Instead of formally responding to the UDRP, Monster sent an email that the WIPO panelist characterized as “needless derogatory remarks (and threats) about the UDRP and the Center.”
While the UDRP does not detail Monster’s message, he posted it publicly on domain name forum NamePros. The email stated that Monster would publicly critique the decision should he lose the case.
Panelist John Swinson wasn’t amused, and he also didn’t have affirmative defenses to the Complainant’s submissions. He found in favor of the Complainant.
Now Monster has filed a lawsuit (pdf) to stay the transfer. He’s also asking for damages.
Monster filed it in U.S. District Court in Washington, where both he and his registrar are located. Monster is representing himself in the lawsuit.
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