Posted on 4/14/2016 1:13:57 AM By Daniel L. Rogna

Thirteen days after filing its Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) complaint, New Media News (dba DNAINFO) was handed a victory by the National Arbitration Forum. At issue were the domain names <>, <>, and <>, all of which were suspended upon the April 5, 2016 ruling.

An URS claim requires complainants to prove (i) the domain name at issue is identical or confusingly similar to a mark in which it has rights, (ii) the registrant has no rights or legitimate interests in that domain name, and (iii) the registration and use were in bad faith.

The panelist found that DNAINFO had successfully demonstrated all three elements of the URS by clear and convincing evidence, noting particularly that the “websites stat[ed] that the domain names [were] for sale,” and such use “might mislead Internet users and divert traffic.” Although the registrant posited that it intended to create a website providing DNA information, the panelist found that while this “look[ed] creative,” there was no credible evidence to support that claim.

The final decision to suspend the domain was entered by Ms. Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson in New Media News, LLC, dba DNAinfo v. PrivacyDotLink 952348 et al., Claim No. FA1603001667100 (April 5, 2016), and the full decision is available here.

New Media News was represented by Partridge Partners PC in the matter.