The owner of domain name NewYorkNewYork.com has been sued by New York-New York Hotel & Casino, LLC for trademark infringement, cybersquatting, unfair competition, trademark dilution, and other related complaints. The lawsuit was filed in the state of Nevada on November 6, 2009.

The hotel-casino company charged in the suit that the website of Tarzana, Calif., man Ronnie Katzin, using the phrase “New York New York,” infringed on the Las Vegas hotel-casino’s trademarks covering that name for resort and hotel services not provided in the city or state of New York; and for casino services.

The website last year included an image of the Las Vegas casino property, but New York-New York in its lawsuit complained there was no disclaimer that the website had no affiliation with the Las Vegas casino property.

The lawsuit alleged that when users clicked on a banner, they were not re-directed to the hotel’s official Web site, www.nynyhotelcasino.com, but instead to a third-party Web site. That site enabled website users to book hotel reservations at the Las Vegas hotel-casino as well as competing Las Vegas hotels.

The Las Vegas Sun recently has reported that MGM Resorts International has won this trademark infringement lawsuit involving its New York-New York hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip, and was penalized additional $101,000 judgment for the domain owner. A $101,000 judgment was issued for violating the Anti Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. The domain name was first registered in 1995 and now has already been transferred to New York New York Hotel & Casino, LLC and parked on Network Solutions.

Register a new domain name is quite easy and cheap, just go to Godaddy or other domain registrars and then place the order, you can instantly own it. From the case of NewYorkNewYork.com, you should always keep a legal manner to prevent infringe any company’s trademark & legal rights when you are going to buy or use a new domain. For example, you can register a domain name with the word “Apple” since it’s a dictionary word, but you can’t use the domain/site as any commercial usage related to Steve Jobs’s Apple Inc. such as iPone/iPond Touch online store, etc. Anyway you can simply place a disclaimer if you think there is a chance to get risk on the trademark issue. And contact directly the related companies to inquire about the trademark subject before the domain is involved you in trouble.

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