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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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yes, Dell could win this case
By HardwareD00d on 2/20/2006 10:45:12 AM , Rating: 2
I know of a story that happened to the owner of a winery in New York called Bully Hill Vineyards. The owner was named Walter Taylor, and Taylor Wine Company successfully sued and prevented him from ever using his last name on his own wine bottles. These things do happen believe it or not!

RE: yes, Dell could win this case
By ted61 on 2/20/2006 9:43:02 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that Dell will probably win this case but Taylor using his name on a bottle of wine is much different from Dellwebsites. Dellwebsites has nothing to do with computer hardware where Taylor is an established wine brand. Mister Taylor was making wine. Taylor putting his name on a bottle of wine is an exact conflict. My seven year old would have a hard time confusing a web page with a computer.

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