Verizon Claims Victory in Cybersquatting Case

Kara Reeder

The U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., has awarded Verizon a $33.15 million judgment in its lawsuit against OnlineNIC, reports BetaNews.


Verizon had accused the San Francisco-based domain registrar of trademark infringement and cybersquatting. Since no one from OnlineNIC showed up in court to defend the company, the court issued a default judgment of $50,000 for each of 663 addresses registered by OnlineNIC.


However, Verizon may have trouble collecting, since OnlineNIC's employees have gone to great lengths to conceal their identities by using "numerous shell-entities, fictitious businesses, and personal names," according to Ars Technica.

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