Lawyer who filed reverse domain name hijacking case says so what? – Domain name thread

The attorney thinks it’s okay that a panel found he filed a misleading UDRP complaint.

A lawyer who filed a complaint against the RDNH said: “…the RDNH label of the UDRP has no weight anywhere. You might as well put your thumb in your mouth and cry…”

Yesterday I wrote a story encouraging people to hire a domain name lawyer when faced with any kind of domain dispute. One person objected to this suggestion: a lawyer who recently filed a lawsuit for reverse domain name hijacking.

Nathan Brown, an attorney at Brown Patent Law, filed a UDRP against the domain name ITDC.com, which is owned by the Internet Tool & Die Company. The Complainant was found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking for a number of reasons. A critical issue is that the complaint stated that the domain name holder did not exist at the stated address, even though the complainant knew that the domain owner was a subsidiary of a company that existed at that address.

In response to the suggestion to hire a specialist (the story was unrelated to the ITDC.com decision), Brown tweeted:

It didn’t make much sense to me. I asked him to explain himself. To which he replied:

I don’t know what the optimal competence argument is. You can file a complaint anywhere you have jurisdiction. If you file a UDRP, you also submit to the jurisdiction of the location of the domain registrar or the location of the domain owner. In this case, Plaintiff and his attorney are in Arizona. Neither the registrar (Enom) nor the respondent are there.

Well, he’s right. There is no fine for RDNH in a UDRP. But even if a court doesn’t have to give deference to a UDRP decision that showed the plaintiff misled the court and it’s not a case of cybersquatting, I have to think that those These are good opening arguments against any lawsuit against the domain. Oh, and if it is discovered that he tried to hijack a reverse domain name in court, it can lead to high costs.

I can’t find out more about Brown’s legal practice. The website in his Twitter bio leads to a 404 error. He has a Facebook page that has a few posts from several years ago. I found another UDRP he filed in 2018.