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Connecticut Tribe Wants Cyber-Squatter Evicted

30 August 2005

CONNECTICUT – As reported by the Connecticut Day: "The Mashantucket Pequots went to U.S. District Court Monday to "evict" a so-called 'cyber-squatter' from an Internet site — www.foxwood.com — that attracts Web surfers looking for information about Foxwoods Resort Casino.

"Judge Janet C. Hall heard the tribe's trademark violation case against Raymond Redican Jr. of Dracut, Mass., who refuses to relinquish the domain name without compensation. At one point, he had asked for $19,999,999, according to Tribal Attorney Wade Blackmon. The tribe dropped its demand for $100,000 in damages from Redican, but is seeking restoration of the domain name.

"Robert J. DeSalvio, the casino's executive vice president of marketing, explained why it is critical that people find the casino's actual Web site, www.foxwoods.com. E-commerce has become an important part of the casino's marketing program, with customers going online to buy show tickets, make restaurant or hotel reservations and read about special events, DeSalvio testified.

" …'It's the way of the world that people are going to be online,' DeSalvio said. He said references to advertising, directions, employment and entertainment on Redican's site would confuse people who misspelled the casino name and landed there, and the casino has no control over the content.

"…Redican registered the Foxwood site and several other domain names in the late 1990s in a business plan to promote online advertisers in exchanges for commissions…"

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