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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 DellWebSites.com, 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 MikeRoweSoft.com.

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 rushnrockt on 2/18/2006 6:24:35 PM , Rating: 2
I can understand his perspective, but in the eyes of the law, he is just too late to be using his name. There have been several cases where people were actually FORCED to change their names in order to be able to continue their businesses. Similar problem with a big company you can find at www.nissan.com
Also, if Paul really wanted to battle (Michael) Dell's lawsuit, his main page would be helped a lot by a disclaimer noting no affiliation with Dell Computers. Might not be exactly the most stylish statement to have, but would undermine the case, especially if it was done for an extended period of time.
Considering that the lawsuit is not Multimillion dollar as they usually are, it has a great chance of succeeding. I am not sure if anything will appease Dell Computers at this point of time, but I would drop the case if there was a distinct disclaimer on the first page.
For all the ones claiming that the case has no merit, sorry to disappoint, the precedents are just overwhelmingly in favor of Dell Computers. Good luck to Paul figuring everything out.


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