Online Casino Sued For Trademark Infringement by Station Casinos
An Internet gambling operator based in Panama is facing a lawsuit by a Las Vegas casino company for the second time. The online casino operator has already previously lost trademark infringement charges to MGM Mirage, and now is accused of using Station Casinos brands for its Internet domain names.
Smart Answer lost a similar suit last year for using MGM Mirage names like Bellagio, Circus Circus, and Mandalay Bay to lure patrons to its Internet casinos. MGM won an injunction against the Panamanian outfit, and was granted $2.2 million in damages.
MGM took over the disputed domain names, but was unable to collect damages.
Stations says Smart Answer has now set up websites using trademarks including Palace Station, Boulder Station, and Sunset Station. Stations Casinos says the sites all link to online gambling site Golden Casino.
"Defendants' actions have 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 Web site defendants linked to the infringing domain names," the lawsuit stated.
Station officials hope to get an injunction barring further use of their brands. Damages are also sought, though the MGM case indicates there may be difficulty in any actual collecting of monies awarded.
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