HUNTER DOUGLAS WINS CYBER SQUATTING SUIT
The United States District Court for the District of Colorado has ruled in favor
of Hunter Douglas Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, in a suit alleging Best Domains
violated the Anticybersquatting Act by registering three domain names with an
Internet Service Provider (ISP) that contained the Hunter Douglas name. Hunter
Douglas owns several federal trademark registrations in that name.
In addition to violating the Anticybersquatting Act, Hunter Douglas alleged the
defendant intentionally linked the subject domain names to “highly controversial
Web sites that do not refer to, sell or have anything to do with Hunter Douglas
products and/or services,” according to a company statement. Hunter Douglas
further claimed the defendant sought money from Hunter Douglas in order to transfer
ownership of the domains.
In the ruling announced in late July on the suit filed in March, the court found
in favor of Hunter Douglas and awarded the maximum statutory damages allowable
per domain name ($100,000 each), awarded a permanent injunction that prevents
the defendant from using any Hunter Douglas trademarks and awarded Hunter Douglas
its fees and costs.
SCOTTSDALE SHUTTERS JOINS SOLATECH PARTNERSHIP ALLIANCE
Solatech, LLC (www.solatech.com), High Point, NC, and Scottsdale Shutters, Inc.,
Scottsdale, AZ, have announced a strategic alliance to work together to provide
Scottdale’s product information to the retail window coverings industry.
Initially, Scottsdale Shutters’ product information will be provided through
the Solatech retail window covering software products, thus allowing Scottsdale’s
products to be ordered directly by users of the software. The partnership will
allow Scottsdale Shutters’ customers to use computerized pricing, apply
discounts and generate quotes, order confirmations, invoices, purchase orders
and open order reports, as well as generate sales reports.
Under the agreement, Solatech will market, develop and support Scottsdale Shutters’ product
line to the Solatech customer base throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Solatech also will assist and support Scottsdale Shutters’ customers using
the Solatech software.
Scottsdale Shutters, a top manufacturer of hardwood shutters since 1989, joins
other industry suppliers such as Kensington Window Expressions, Comfortex and
Aveno Window Fashions in the Solatech Partnership Alliance.
ERLANGER GROUP BECOMES BREWSTER AFFILIATE
The Erlanger Group, Ltd., New York, NY, has recently become an affiliate of Brewster
Wallcovering Co., Randolph, MA.
Erlanger is an offshoot of N. Erlanger Blumgart & Co., which has been in
the textile industry since its inception in the 1800s providing fabric for menswear,
womenswear and the over-the-counter business. Today, Erlanger designs, manufacturers
and distributes 100 percent cotton prints to craft and quilt stores globally.
SUPERIOR ROMAN SHADES TO DISTRIBUTE ELERO MOTORS
California-based Superior Roman Shades™ has selected the Elero motors as
its tubular motorized lifting system for its Roman shades. In addition to using
the motors on its shades, the company says it also will distribute the motors
to the trade.
After reviewing the major motorization systems available, Superior says it determined
that Elero’s design, reliability and lifting capacity best complements
“Motorization is becoming more popular because it lifts shades more uniformly,
is safer and aesthetically more appealing than hanging cords. Also, consumers
with numerous windows in a room or with high windows want the convenience of
motorized lift systems,” says Marco Bonilla, division manager.