Plumber ordered to stop using website of competitor's name

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U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab Tuesday ordered Gillece Plumbing and Heating Inc. to stop using an Internet address that includes a competitor's name.

Judge Schwab both granted a motion for summary judgment sought by Fagnelli Plumbing Co., and issued an injunction telling Gillece to stop holding the Web site fagnelli.com and directing traffic from that address to its own. Left for another day is the question of whether Gillece, of Bethel Park, will have to pay damages of as much as $100,000 for appropriating a competitor's name in violation of cybersquatting laws.

"It's important that the court has recognized that companies' names will be protected from abuse and use by others," said Edward B. Friedman, who represented Oakland-based Fagnelli. "We're pleased with the court's decision ordering Gillece to return Fagnelli's name."

Mr. Friedman had argued in court filings that Gillece had purchased numerous Internet domains that closely resembled competing firms' trademarked names.

An attorney for Gillece declined comment.



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