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August 28, 2014

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Fitzgeralds seeks to shut down website over alleged trademark infringement

The operator of the Fitzgeralds hotel-casinos in Las Vegas and around the country went to court Wednesday in hopes of shutting down a website it says is infringing on its trademarks.

Majestic Star Casino LLC filed suit in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas against companies it says operate the site www.fitzgeraldslasvegas.net, which Majestic Star says was registered in about March 2009 and has a name confusingly similar to Majestic Star's www.fitzgeraldslasvegas.com website.

Majestic Star, which has Fitzgeralds casinos in downtown Las Vegas; Tunica, Miss.; and Black Hawk, Colo., complained in the lawsuit that the defendants have diverted to their site Internet traffic looking for Majestic Star's authentic Fitzgeralds website.

The suit charges the defendants linked their website domain name to a site that offers online gambling and solicits business through an "online interactive gaming network.''

"By registering and using a domain name containing the Fitzgeralds marks, defendants were and are attempting to trade on the goodwill of Fitzgeralds resort hotels and casinos and Majestic Star,'' the lawsuit alleges.

The suit, filed by attorney John Krieger of the Las Vegas office of the law firm Lewis and Roca LLP, alleges trademark infringement, deceptive trade practices, cybersquatting and other counts.

The defendants are Hambledon N.V., Smart Answer S.A. and Susana Gonzales, all doing business in Panama, the lawsuit says. A message for comment was left with the defendants Thursday.

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  1. Translation: "They shouldn't be allowed to steal your money. Only we are allowed to do that!"

  2. A company has to defend their trademarks that they have spent Millions to build.

    Anyone that does not understand that has done nothing in their life that they would have to defend from others stealing.

  3. I personally wouldn't recognize a Fitzgerald trademark if it was put in front of my face.

    I juz went to their site and they refer to themselves "Fitz". Isn't that what John Roberts has from time to time?

    Maybe they should sell their trademark to Righthaven and have them sue John Roberts for Fitz imitations, they'd win for sure!

    American Law today is run by the high priced lawyers. Money greases the wheels of justice.

    You know that statue with the scale and blind folded person? She's blind folded so she can't be a witness to WHO puts money in the plate, sort of like a lot of Religions.

    Fitz shouldn't have any problems being heard in court so long as their checks don't bounce.

    Man I LOVE LAS VEGAS!!!

  4. These cybersquatters are just as bad as those who spread computer viruses around. Once I was looking to buy a Chevrolet and typed what I thought was the name of a large Chevrolet dealer's website in and got "diverted" to a Toyota dealer that had bought up some domain names very similar to the Chevrolet dealer (with no actual relationship to that dealer). "Fitzgeraldslasvegas" should only be used by the Downtown casino, unless licensed to others by Fitz. By the way, The Chevy I bought is still a great car!