:: domaining business blog // Domaining for Domainers

Archive for the ‘anti-cybersquatting protection act’ Category

Ashley Furniture files cybersquatting lawsuit against owner of 123 domain names

September 20, 2012anti-cybersquatting protection act, Cybersquatting, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Policy & LawComments Off on Ashley Furniture files cybersquatting lawsuit against owner of 123 domain names

Company says defendant used to work at ad agency that catered to home furnishings companies.

Ashley Furniture is a pretty aggressive UDRP filer. It usually goes after clear cut cases of cybersquatting, save for one egregious case for filed in 2008.

Now the company is turning to the courts in a dispute against a Maryland man.

The company just filed suit (pdf) against Jon Parks, who the company alleges violated the Anti-Cybersquatting Protection Act by registering 123 domain names that include its marks.

Some of the domain names at issue include,,,, and You can see all 123 here.

Parks’ LinkedIn profile shows that he previously worked for Horich Parks Lebow Advertising. Ashley Furniture claims this is an advertising agency that is used by Ashley retailers and other home furnishing companies.

Ashley Furniture claims that Parks tried to cancel the registration of the domain names that include “ashley” and a furniture term after receiving a demand letter. Indeed, when I look up many of the domain names there is no longer a registrant listed in whois.

The company alleges that Parks continues to hold onto domains that include “ashley” and a geographic location, such as

Mr. Parks refuses to transfer the Infringing Domain Names that he continues to own to Ashley and disingenuously claims he intended to register domains corresponding with the female name, “Ashley” or a geographic location. Mr. Parks’ previous work in the advertising industry for furniture companies, including Ashley’s customers, combined with his registration of domains like, and clearly refute any innocent explanation for registering 123 domain names incorporating the ASHLEY trademark.

The furniture company is asking for up to $100,000 per domain name in damages.

© 2012. This is copyrighted content. Do not republish.

Latest domain news at Domain Name Wire.

No related posts.