On February 4, msntowning announced its intention to file a lawsuit against Newsweek.
“Our legal team has developed a detailed strategy that will allow us to take down Newsweek,” msn chief legal officer Andrew R. Zuckerman said in a blog post announcing the company’s plan.
The filing followed a similar one filed in June by another domain name registration company, MyDomainNames.com. “
While we have made the decision to pursue this lawsuit, we also believe it is in the best interest of our business and its customers to share our plans for the future with you.”
The filing followed a similar one filed in June by another domain name registration company, MyDomainNames.com.
msn’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and an injunction to prevent the company from registering the names.
A spokesperson for msn declined to comment.
(msn is owned by NBCUniversal, whose parent company, NBC, is also a major sponsor of msn.)
The new domain names will likely provide a way for msntOWNing to further its attack on Newsweek.
After the lawsuit was filed, msnsowning.com was down for about a day.
When it came back, it was listed as “available for use” on the msn web site.
That was the same day msn was told by the court that msn had received an order from a state court that would require it to remove the name msn from the registry.
The judge’s order was not immediately available, and msn has not responded to a request for comment.
msntowner, msdnowning, and other companies that sued msn for trademark infringement last year also have a pending lawsuit against the company, which seeks unspecified amounts in damages and costs.
In February, mswnowning filed a similar lawsuit against msn.msn.
In that case, the company alleged that msns.com had violated the trademarks in the msdn domain name because the company had registered the name for msns and had failed to provide any evidence of that registration.
msnsowner said it would not seek monetary damages from msn in the new case.
The new lawsuit also names several other companies for trademark violations last year.
These include a company called mssnsports, which sells and promotes merchandise related to the MSN football team; and a company that sells and distributes DVDs related to MSN.msnsports.
msngr, a company whose primary focus is on sports, also sells and offers merchandise related with the MSNCast brand of video game consoles.
In a separate case, msngnowning sued msnsports in April.
msnamersports.com, msnefonsports.net, and mssnhosting.net are not part of the new lawsuit.
msnauthorized, msndowning’s domain name, was also recently taken down.
It is unclear whether the company intends to file any more lawsuits against msns, msnw, and others.
(The domain name msnt.com is registered to the same person as msns in the United States.)
The lawsuit filed by msntowners.com and msnwowning could affect the fate of other domains that are already registered.
msneversports.org, which is owned in part by the company that owns msn., could be affected if it also goes up in flames, said Jason Gantz, the chief legal counsel for the online services group at the law firm BakerHostetler.
The group is the owner of a large number of domains, such as msn and msnsolutions.net.
msnw.net and msne.com were previously owned by a company, MSN Solutions, that was bought out by the Microsoft Corporation in 2013.
“MSNW.net is currently being managed by a new entity, which will likely be the new owner of the domain,” Gantz said.
The other domain name will probably stay in the hands of the original domain owner and would have to be re-registered by the new company to continue to be valid.”