Station Casinos has filed a lawsuit in US District Court against Smart Answer, a Panama-based online gambling company. The casino claims that Smart Answer is committing trademark infringement by using domain names with trademark terms like “boulderstation”, “sunsetstation” and “palacestation”. The domains then redirect web users to Smart Answer’s internet gambling website, Golden Casino.
The complaint specifies that the defendants in the case are violating federal laws against cybersquatting by using domain names that are deceptively similar to Station’s trademarks. The suit also alleges violations of state laws that ban deceptive trade practices. The lawsuit is asking for an injunction to bar Smart Answer from using those trademarks as well as seeking unspecified damages.
“Defendants’ actions has disrupted or are intended to disrupt plaintiff’s business by, among other things, diverting web users away from plaintiffs’ Web sites and to the online gambling website defendants linked to the infringing domain names,” alleged Stations in their lawsuit, filed by Jason Firth with the Las Vegas law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.
Smart Answer was sued last year by MGM Mirage for doing the same thing using the trademarked casino names Bellagio, Circus Circus, Mandalay Bay, New York-New York and Treasure Island. The company failed to respond to that complaint and MGM won an injunction as well as a $2.2 million judgment for damages.
The MGM suit was successful in getting the infringing domains either transferred to MGM Mirage or shut down but they haven’t received anything towards the judgment. According to Firth, who also handled that case, MGM isn’t really pursuing the funds due to the expense involved.