Fendi Prevails in Domain Name Dispute Panel Decision
Barack Ferrazzano represented Fendi Adele, S.r.l. in a domain name dispute brought before an administrative panel at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. The disputed domain name, fendigroup.com, registered on May 31, 2014, was a website containing a single landing page containing photographs of clothes and shoes. On December 4, 2014, Barack Ferrazzano filed a complaint on behalf of Fendi under the WIPO’s Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy alleging that the domain name fendigroup.com was registered and being used in bad faith because the respondent had no rights to and was not authorized by Fendi to use the term "Fendi" or "Fendigroup."
Over the respondent’s objection, the panel decided in favor of Fendi. The panel found that the disputed domain name was confusingly similar to the Complainant's trademarks and that the respondent failed to produce any credible evidence to establish any rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name. In addition, the panel found that the respondent’s registration and use of the disputed domain name was in bad faith because the respondent had solicited offers from Fendi to purchase the disputed domain name and had failed to come forward with any credible explanation as to why it registered the disputed domain name. Barack Ferrazzano's legal team was led by Wendi E. Sloane and Sharon E. Calhoun.
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