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Nintendo Wins $560,000 in Mass Domain Name Lawsuit

13 Nov, 2001 By: John Gaudiosi

A federal judge in the U.S. District Court in Seattle, Wash., has awarded Nintendo of America $560,000 in its suit to recover 49 infringing Internet domain names (including Pokemon-Trader.com and GrowLithe.com).

The Court ordered all domain names be returned to Nintendo and awarded Nintendo statutory damages ranging from $2,000 to $30,000 per name for 48 names.

The suit, Nintendo of America Inc. v. Stefani Us et al, was filed against 22 defendants under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act ("ACPA") in October 2000. The judgment was issued on October 12, 2001. This was Nintendo's first mass domain name suit under the ACPA.

"Nintendo is pleased the Court recognized the company's intellectual property rights and understood the damages that are caused by cyber squatting," said Richard C. Flamm, v.p. and general counsel, Nintendo of America. "The anti-cyber squatting legislation is an effective tool to recover domain names in a single lawsuit."

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