LOS ANGELES — Manwin has filed a lawsuit against a Georgia man who goes by the name of “Radishdreams”.
Except the lawsuit isn’t about roots or vegetables. It’s about alleged cybersquatting and defamation. In its lawsuit filed last week Manwin says that Nicholas Bulgin, aka Gill Manwinder, aka Yi Weng, aka Chris Hill, aka Jim Jagen created a massive ongoing harassment campaign against the company and made exorbitant monetary demands for domain names he registered similar to Manwin’s.
In a story reported on by www.Xbiz.com Bulgin registered Manwin.net, Manwin.co, Brazzer.us and ManwinSucks.com in “bad faith” in an attempt to extort the company; and that Bulgin created fake names and personas purporting to own each of the “infringing” domains.
Bulgin registered the domain name Manwin.net using the name “Gill Manwinder,” a purported businessman from the U.K.
Bulgin then used the “Gill Manwinder” name to interfere in a U.S. trademark application, claiming that the “Manwinder” family name, used in business, was being tarnished by Manwin.
Bulgin also registered Manwin.co, using the name Yi Weng, which purported to be a Chinese woman who maintains a blog to discuss issues of spirituality and charity.
Bulgin also operated a complaint site, ManwinSucks.com, and is said to have posted a variety of adult industry message boards that got the attention of Manwin officials after the company filed suit against ICM Registry, the operators of the .XXX sTLD.
Manwin in its suit states that Bulgin not only exhorted members of the public to register infringing Manwin-related domain names and then re-direct those domains to ICM Registry, he engaged in an elaborate scam to force Manwin to purchase the Manwin domains.
Then using the name ‘Gill Manwinder’ Bulgin contacted Manwin, demanding that Manwin pay him $4,300 to transfer the domain name www.manwin.net.
Bulgin also sent dozens of emails to Manwin and its employees threatening to dilute the Manwin trademark and divert Manwin’s traffic if it did not purchase the domains.
Using the name “Jim Jagen” Bulgin then sent emails to Playboy Enterprises accusing Manwin of using “stolen property,” and not “car[ing] much for the law or about how things should be done.”
Manwin is asking for an injunction against Bulgin from infringing on similar-worded Manwin names and domains; a transfer of the domains Manwin.net, Manwin.co, Brazzer.us and ManwinSucks.com; $100,000 in damages and attorneys fees.