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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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By MrSmurf on 2/18/2006 3:24:50 PM , Rating: 0
Obviously he doesn't if he's being sued. Otherwise, it would be tossed out.

I understand the argument that it's his name but that doesn't fly in the court of law. If his website was this wouldn't be an issue. The fact that he picked suggests to me (and apparently Dell's attorneys) that he is using the Dell brand name to his advantage which is a no-no.

I know you geeks love to bash big cooperations for whatever reason but Dell has a legitmate case he and the guy will probably lose.

By aGreenAgent on 2/18/06, Rating: 0
By MrSmurf on 2/18/2006 7:07:27 PM , Rating: 2
Lawsuits only get tossed out it there not based on any claim for damages. There is a claim of damages in this case, many people have quoted the exact statue.

The guy may win but it will not get "tossed out".

By mindless1 on 2/18/2006 3:56:11 PM , Rating: 2

You actually think a suit is automatically legitimate if it's filed? Sorry but that's so backwards it's unreal.

By MrSmurf on 2/18/2006 7:02:34 PM , Rating: 2
I think I may know a little about the process being in law school and all. If a lawsuit isn't justifable, the defendant files a motion to dismiss, the plaintiff files their objections and it's dismissed. Cooperate lawsuits will NOT sue if it were as easy as you think it is. Lawsuits are very expensive.

Using the name "" applies that "dell" is a name of a company. They have a legitimate case whether you want to believe it or not.

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