United States Seventh Circuit

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UBID, Inc. v. GoDaddy Group, Inc., 09-3927

In plaintiff's suit against GoDaddy Group, Inc., claiming that defendant violated the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act by intentionally registering domain names that are confusingly similar to plaintiff's trademarks and domain names for the purpose of profiting from plaintiff's marks and exploiting web surfers' confusion by selling advertising for those confusingly similar websites, dismissal of the case for lack of jurisdiction on the ground that defendant, which is headquartered in Arizona, lacked sufficient contacts with Illinois to be sued there, is reversed and remanded where: 1) defendant purposefully availed itself of the Illinois market for its services through its deliberate and continuous exploitation of the market; 2) plaintiff's claim bears a sufficient relationship to defendant's business activities in Illinois to expect defendant to defend itself in Illinois without violating the due process clause; and 3) there is no unfairness in requiring defendant to defend the lawsuit in the courts of the state where, through the very activity giving rise to the suit, it continues to gain so much.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 05/19/2010
  • Decided 09/29/2010
  • Published 09/29/2010

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  • United States Seventh Circuit

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