Internet Trademark Case Summaries
U.S. Bancorp v. USABanc.com Inc.
CV-99 1149 (D. Minn. Aug. 17, 1999)
Plaintiff, one of the nation’s largest bank holding companies, owned the US BANK trademark and offered online-banking services at its “usbank.com” website. Defendant operated an online-banking site at the “usbanc.com” domain name. In an oral order, the court preliminarily enjoined defendant’s use of its infringing “usabanc.com” website. At 1:30 p.m. the following day, after defendant failed to shut down its website, the court issued a written order requiring defendant to take down its “usabanc.com” website by 4:00 p.m. that day or face a $200,000 fine that would progressively double each hour the website remained active after 4:00 p.m., up to $10 million. Defendants avoided any fine by finally taking down their site at approximately 3:45 p.m. that afternoon.