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Alitalia v. Porta

Topic(s): Internet Free Speech - Use of Brand Names in Domain Names and Metatags
Citation: No. 00 civ. 9731 (SDNY)
Date Of Involvement: 01/18/2001
Docket: 00 civ. 9731

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Trademark suit in federal court in New York by airline seeking to suppress a web site posted at www.alitaliasucks.com by an unhappy customer whose luggage was lost. Company has moved to for a preliminary injunction claiming that the domain name violates the new anti-cybersquatting law; defendant argues that this law was not violated and that, in any event, the First Amendment protects his speech.

In response to Public Citizen’s brief, the district judge ordered Alitalia to bring an executive to court to explain the basis for its request for a preliminary injunction. Alitalia then dismissed its lawsuit.