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NAR Awarded Domain Names

January 1, 2011

An administrative law judge ruled that a broker acted in bad faith by registering two domain names, listonrealtor.com and listitonrealtor.com, and ordered the names transferred to NAR. The judge said the names were confusingly similar to REALTOR.com, which NAR owns. Furthermore, the judge said that the broker didn’t have a legitimate right to the names since they violated NAR’s rules for use of the term “REALTOR®.” The bad faith comes into play because, according to the judge, the broker was trying to capitalize on confusion people might have that would make them assume the site had a relationship with REALTOR.com, therefore allowing the broker to benefit from the goodwill in the trademarked term.