CircleBack Lending, Inc. v. Andy Tang, Claim No. FA1603001667870 (NAF Apr. 28, 2016)
In this UDRP proceeding at the National Arbitration Forum, Dan Booth secured a transfer of a domain name captured by a serial cybersquatter. Our client CircleBack Lending, Inc. operates an online consumer credit platform that matches borrowers and lenders at circlebacklending.com. Two years after its launch, a cybersquatter falsely presented his copycat website circlebacklendinginc.com as authorized, making repeated references to CircleBack Lending and its common-law trademarks, apparently to harvest and sell the contact information of misled consumers to competitors. The copycat site was one of hundreds owned by the same registrant with domain names that piggyback off the names of consumer lending websites. We developed an extensive factual record to prove our client’s trademark rights and the illegitimate, bad faith registration and use of the copycat site and domain name. The UDRP Panelist ordered the domain name’s transfer; it now resolves to CircleBack Lending’s homepage.
- Houston Putnam Lowry (Panelist), CircleBack Lending, Inc. v. Andy Tang, Claim No. FA1603001667870, National Arbitration Forum Decision (Apr. 28, 2016)
- Gerald M. Levine, Do Trade Names Qualify as Trade Marks for Purposes of the UDRP?, CircleID (July 10, 2017)