Case Number: D2017-1293
Complainant: Colussi S.p.A.
Represented by: CREA Avvocati Associati
While not rising to the level of Shakespearean spat, a finding of attempted Reverse Domain Name Hijacking has been leveled against a large Italian baked goods company, after that firm attempted to acquire the domain name colussi.com in a UDRP filing against a cousin of the chairman of the board. The civil dispute originated in Milan, home of Colussi S.p.A., which has been making baked goods since 1911. Colussi owns Del Monte, among other international food labels, according to its website, collusigroup.com.
The domain name was registered by Andrea Colussi, also of Milan, in 1995. In addition to being related to the chairman, Mr. Colussi is also the nephew of the company’s founder, Angelo Colussi.
In issuing its ruling, the panelist, Fabrizio Bedarida, enumerated several reasons why the RDNH ruling was justified, including the fact the domain name and the name of the respondent were identical, conveying legitimate rights upon the registrant, regardless of the complainant’s trademarks.