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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ind. Decisions - Two interesting 7th Circuit opinions today, neither involving Indiana cases

In uBID v. The GoDaddy Group (ND Ill.), a 31-page opinion, Judge Hamilton writes:

Plaintiff uBID, Inc. is a Chicago-based company that auctions the excess inventory of manufacturers and retailers over the Internet. It brought suit in Illinois against The GoDaddy Group, Inc., which operates the well-known domain name registration site GoDaddy.com. In its complaint, uBID alleged that GoDaddy violated the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d), by intentionally registering domain names that are confusingly similar to uBID’s trademarks and domain names for the purpose of profiting from uBID’s marks and exploiting web surfers’ confusion by selling advertising for those confusingly similar websites. The district court dismissed the case for lack of personal jurisdiction, holding that GoDaddy, which is headquartered in Arizona, lacked sufficient contacts with Illinois to be sued there. See uBID, Inc. v. GoDaddy Group, Inc., 673 F. Supp. 2d 621 (N.D. Ill. 2009). We reverse. We conclude that due process is not violated when a defendant is called to account for the alleged consequences of its deliberate exploitation of the market in the forum state.
Re another Illinois case, U.S. v. Glosser, Sentencing Law & Policy Blog has an entry headed: "Seventh Circuit finds that sentencing speed kills procedural reasonableness."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 29, 2010 12:57 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions