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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals v. Doughney

263 F.3d 359 (4th Cir. 2001)

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals v. Doughney

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

263 F.3d 359 (4th Cir. 2001)

Facts

Doughney (defendant) registered the domain name peta.org. Doughney had no connection to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) (defendant), which had a registered trademark for “PETA.” During the registration process Doughney made false statements to assist him in obtaining the registration. After registering the domain name, Doughney made statements recommending that PETA “make him an offer” or “settle” with him to get access to the domain name. PETA brought suit under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). The district court found in favor of PETA and ordered Doughney to transfer the domain name peta.org to PETA. Doughney appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Gregory, J.)

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