Jews for Jesus v. Google

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

12/21/2005

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

New York

Disposition: 

Settled (total)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
Jews for Jesus, an "international outreach ministry," filed a lawsuit against Google alleging trademark infringement and other claims after Google refused to remove a Blogspot URL identified as "jewsforjesus.blogspot.com." The blog's author, who wrote under the pseudonym "Whistle Blower," was apparently critical... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Google, Inc.

Type of Party: 

Organization

Type of Party: 

Large Organization
Intermediary

Location of Party: 

  • California
  • New York

Location of Party: 

  • California
  • Delaware

Legal Counsel: 

Jeffrey Conciatori, Partha Chattaraj - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP
Description

Jews for Jesus, an "international outreach ministry," filed a lawsuit against Google alleging trademark infringement and other claims after Google refused to remove a Blogspot URL identified as "jewsforjesus.blogspot.com." The blog's author, who wrote under the pseudonym "Whistle Blower," was apparently critical of the organization. Jews for Jesus had previously sent Google a cease-and-desist letter alleging trademark infringement over the use of the Blogspot URL, and Google did not remove the blog URL. (For more on the cease-and-desist letter, please see the CMLP database entry, Jews for Jesus v. Google (letter).)

This suit was most notable for raising the question of whether there is a distinction between top-level domain names (i.e. jewsforjesus.com) and second/third/etc.-level subdomains (i.e. jewsforjesus.blogspot.com) with regard to trademark infringement. However, the parties ultimately settled and dismissed the suit with prejudice. Jews for Jesus now operates the Blogspot URL in question as "The Jews for Jesus Blog."

From Eric Goldman's blog, regarding the settlement:

Instead, the parties have settled their dispute, filing a dismissal with prejudice on July 26. The official notice did not reveal any terms, but according to an announcement on the Jews for Jesus site, the user who registered the third level domain "had a change of heart." As a result, the blog has transferred to Jews for Jesus. This transfer has wiped out all of the old griping content. Plus, there is nothing in the Internet Archive either, and Google's cache has been wiped too. So it appears that Jews for Jesus has done a pretty effective job of shutting down this griper.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Blog

Subject Area: 

  • Trademark
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • New York

Source of Law: 

  • United States
  • New York

Court Name: 

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Court Type: 

Federal

Case Number: 

05-CV-10684

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