owner sues Lamborghini after cybersquatting loss

Domain investor files suit to halt domain transfer.

Picture of three Lamborghini cars. A white one is in front with a grey to the back left and green car to the back right.
The owner of has filed a lawsuit to stop the transfer of his domain name. Photo courtesy Lamborghini.

The owner of the domain name has filed a lawsuit after losing a cybersquatting case involving his domain name.

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. filed a UDRP cybersquatting claim against the domain name, which is owned by Richard Blair. In the UDRP, Blair argued that he was known by the name Lambo, including using it as his username on the domain name forum NamePros.

The three-person World Intellectual Property Organization panel found in favor of the carmaker last month in a 2-1 split decision.

Blair wasn’t represented by counsel in the UDRP but subsequently hired Lews & Lin, LLC to file the lawsuit against Lamborghini. The WIPO decision is stayed because the suit was filed within 10 days of the UDRP decision.

The lawsuit asks the court to declare that Blair is not cybersquatting with his ownership of the domain name. It makes a number of arguments about his interest in the domain name that probably should have been made in the UDRP.

In a lawsuit, Lamborghini could seek discovery to learn more about what Blair was thinking when he registered the domain, assuming he communicated about it with someone else. But if it’s all in his head, that’s difficult to discover.

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