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The computer company allegedly offered to purchase the site from Mr. Dell several years ago, but the deal was never completed

Paul Dell, owner of, an online web site design service, is being targeted by the online PC vendor Dell.  Dell is allegedly committing "an act of parasitism" and creates "a risk of confusion" for consumers, according to Dell attorneys.  Dell is being sued for $120,000 in damages to Dell America, $60,000 to Dell France, each remaining Dell company $48,000 and $600 for each time the word Dell is used on his web site.

(Paul) Dell is going to fight the charges in court, but it is obvious that his legal battle with the company will most likely be shortlived.  Several years ago a similar case occurred when Mike Rowe was served cease and desist letters for

Update 02/20/2006:  We have been informed that the computer company Dell never made an offer to purchase the domain from Paul Dell.

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RE: Dell needs to back off
By AlexWade on 2/18/2006 9:31:23 AM , Rating: 2
Remember Mike Rowe and his software comapany Mike Rowe Soft. How did that work out for Microsoft? Not good, they lost in a big way. The same thing will happen here.

RE: Dell needs to back off
By Anvar on 2/18/2006 10:19:24 AM , Rating: 2
In Denmark some years ago McDonald's sued a guy with a hotdog shop because he used the name McAllan. His name was actually Allan (first name), but McD still lost. So, if they lost their case, common sense would dictate that Dell would lose this one. But then, common sense and law are rarely compatible...

RE: Dell needs to back off
By MrSmurf on 2/18/2006 3:39:02 PM , Rating: 2
What are you talking about? In fact, that previous case is mentioned in this article. The guy gave into Microsoft.

That case was a little more obvious since guy's URL was pronounce the same as "Microsoft".

What you people don't understand is that the system does not work how you think it should work. It NEVER does. This guy will probably lose and in the process he'll have to spend thousands of dollars fighting it hence he'll probably cave in as well.

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