Las Vegas Sands Corp. v. Unknown Registrants of et al

Filing 15

ORDER Granting Plaintiff's 3 Motion for Preliminary Injunction. Signed by Judge James C. Mahan on 7/10/2014. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - SLD)

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Case 2:14-cv-01049-JCM-VCF Document 14-1 Filed 07/09/14 Page 1 of 4 1 Michael J. McCue (NV Bar No. 6055) 2 Jonathan W. Fountain (NV Bar No. 10351) 3 Meng Zhong (NV Bar No. 12145) 4 LEWIS ROCA ROTHGERBER LLP 3993 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 600 5 Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 Tel: (702) 949-8200 6 Fax: (702) 949-8398 7 Attorneys for Plaintiff Las Vegas Sands Corp. 8 9 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 11 LAS VEGAS SANDS CORP., a Nevada 12 corporation, 13 Plaintiff, Case No. 2:14-cv-01049- JCM-VCF v. PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION 14 UNKNOWN REGISTRANTS OF WWW.368.COM, WWW.VNS000.COM, 15 WWW.VNS002.COM, WWW.VNS003.COM, WWW.VNS004.COM, WWW.VNS005.COM, 16 WWW.VNS006.COM, WWW.VNS007.COM, WWW.VNS008.COM, WWW.VNS009.COM, 17 WWW.VN008.COM, WWW.666CP.COM, WWW.XJS00.COM, WWW.XJS11.COM, 18 WWW.XJS22.COM, WWW.XJS33.COM, WWW.XJS44.COM, WWW.XJS55.COM, 19 WWW.XJS66.COM, WWW.XJS77.COM, WWW.XJS88.COM, WWW.XJS99.COM, 20 WWW.8227.COM, WWW.9770.COM, WWW.VNS95500.COM, 21 WWW.VNS95511.COM, WWW.VNS95522.COM 22 WWW.VNS95533.COM, WWW.VNS95544.COM 23 WWW.VNS95555.COM, WWW.VNS95566.COM 24 WWW.VNS95577.COM, WWW.VNS95588.COM, 25 WWW.VNS95599.COM, AND WWW.22V.COM 26 Defendants. 27 28 4712360_14279522.1 Case 2:14-cv-01049-JCM-VCF Document 14-1 Filed 07/09/14 Page 2 of 4 1 UPON CONSIDERATION of the motion filed by Plaintiff Las Vegas Sands Corp. for a 2 preliminary injunction (Dkt. No. 3), the supporting memorandum of points and authorities, the 3 supporting declarations of Dave Horton and Meng Zhong, the record in this case, and for other 4 good cause shown; 5 THE COURT HEREBY FINDS THAT: 6 1. In accordance with the Court’s Temporary Restraining Order, Order for 7 Alternative Service, and Order Setting Hearing and Briefing Schedule On Plaintiff’s Motion for 8 Preliminary Injunction entered on June 30, 2014 (Dkt. No. 10), and as set forth in the Certificate 9 of Service (Dkt. No. 13), Las Vegas Sands Corp. served each of the Defendants by email on July 10 1 and 2, 2014; 11 2. Las Vegas Sands Corp. will suffer irreparable injury to its valuable trademarks 12 and associated goodwill if the Defendants are not temporarily enjoined and restrained from 13 transferring the following domain names to other domain name registrars located outside the 14 Court’s jurisdiction, or from transferring the registrations for the following domain names to 15 other persons or entities located outside the Court’s jurisdiction:, 16,,,,, 17,,,,, 18,,,,, 19,,,,, 20,,,,, 21,,, and 22 (together, “Domain Names”); 23 3. Las Vegas Sands Corp. is likely to succeed on the merits of its Lanham Act 24 claims for trademark infringement and false designation of origin, brought pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 25 §§ 1114(a) and 1125(a)(1)(A), respectively; 26 4. The balance of hardships tips in Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s favor because a 27 preliminary injunction order would merely place the Domain Names on hold and lock pending 28 trial, and the failure to issue a preliminary injunction order would cause Las Vegas Sands Corp. -24712360_1 Case 2:14-cv-01049-JCM-VCF Document 14-1 Filed 07/09/14 Page 3 of 4 1 to suffer additional irreparable injury and incur additional expense if the Domain Names are 2 transferred to other registrants during the pendency of this action, requiring Las Vegas Sands 3 Corp. to file additional lawsuit(s) in other jurisdictions; 4 5. The issuance of a preliminary injunction order is in the public interest because it 5 would protect consumers against deception and confusion arising from the use of Las Vegas 6 Sands Corp.’s federally registered trademarks, by persons other than Las Vegas Sands Corp.; and 7 6. In accordance with the Court’s Temporary Restraining Order, and as set forth in 8 the Certificate of Deposit (Dkt. No. 11), Las Vegas Sands Corp. deposited $100 with the Clerk of 9 the Court as security for the injunctive relief requested in this action; 10 7. Defendants will suffer minimal damage, if any damage at all, by the issuance of a 11 preliminary injunction order; 12 8. To date, none of the Defendants have filed a memorandum of points and authority 13 or any other response with the Court in opposition to Plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary 14 injunction. 15 THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT, pending a full trial on the merits: 16 1. eNom, Inc. (“eNom”),, Inc. and, Inc. (the domain name 17 registrars) and VeriSign, Inc. ( registry) shall immediately remove or disable the domain 18 name server (“DNS”) information for the Domain Names, shall place the Domain Names on 19 hold and lock, and deposit them into the registry of the Court; and 20 2. The Defendants and their respective officers, agents, servants, employees, and/or 21 all other persons acting in concert or participation with Defendants are hereby temporarily 22 restrained and enjoined from: (a) using the SANDS Marks or any confusingly similar variations 23 thereof, alone or in combination with any other letters, words, letter string, phrases or designs in 24 commerce, including, without limitation, on any website, in any domain name, in any social 25 network user name, in any hidden website text, or in any website metatag; and (b) engaging in 26 false or misleading advertising or commercial activities likely to deceive consumers into 27 believing that any Defendant is the Plaintiff or that any Defendant’s services are associated or 28 affiliated with, connected to, or approved sponsored by the Plaintiff. -34712360_1 Case 2:14-cv-01049-JCM-VCF Document 14-1 Filed 07/09/14 Page 4 of 4 1 3. Plaintiff may serve follow-up subpoenas upon eNom, Inc., Whois Privacy Protection 2 Service, Inc., , Inc.,, and Domains By Proxy, LLC, and may serve subpoenas 3 upon any other third party, but solely to the extent necessary to identify any unknown Defendant or any 4 other person or entity who is or who may be violating this Order. 5 July 10, 2014. ENTERED: this ______ day of July, 2014 6 7 8 _________________________________ UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -44712360_1

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