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uBID Inc. v. The GoDaddy Group, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
623 F.3d 421 (2010)
The GoDaddy Group, Inc. (GoDaddy) (defendant), a company located in Arizona, sold internet-domain names to customers. Although its servers were physically located in Arizona, GoDaddy conducted a nationwide marketing campaign targeting consumers throughout the United States, including Illinois. Some of GoDaddy’s customers bought domain names in order to build their own websites, while others bought domain names simply to sell them to others. uBID, Inc. (plaintiff), a company headquartered in Illinois, alleged that GoDaddy’s services allowed certain users to engage in cybersquatting, whereby someone purchased a domain name that was a misspelled version of a real website and used that misspelled website for advertising space. uBID alleged that GoDaddy’s services allowed for this cybersquatting and devalued uBID’s trademark. uBID thereafter filed suit in Illinois, and GoDaddy responded by filing a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. The district court granted the motion to dismiss, and uBID appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hamilton, J.)
Concurrence (Manion, J.)
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