The legal struggle for control of the nissan.com domain has taken a very unexpected turn. A lawsuit was filed by the estate of the domain’s late owner in Virginia last summer. The suit is against an unidentified thief who took control of the domain and stripped control from host GKG.net, the Drive reports. The host has acknowledged the theft but won’t assist the estate.
Famously, the Nissan Motor Corporation doesn’t own either the nissan.com or nissan.net domains. Uzi Nissan registered the names in 1994 for his retail computer business. The automaker claimed that Mr. Nissan was squatting on the domains and took legal action in 1999. The suit dragged on for nearly a decade and cost the small businessman $3 million, but the court ruled in his favor. The car manufacturer continues to use nissanusa.com.
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