People are nice in Wisconsin, right? Right, but business is business. My local bike shop, Budget Bicycle Center, filed a complaint in 2005 againt Williamson Bicycle Works, for registering the domain name budgetbicycleworks.com and redirecting it to willybikes.com. The National Arbitration Forum denied the complaint:
The panel finds that Complainant has not proved its case in that while the domain names are confusingly similar to a mark in which Complainant has rights, it has failed to establish that the use of the domain names made by Respondent was without legitimate interest and in bad faith.
And in 2007, Budget Bicycle Center still doesn’t have its own website.
Meanwhile, the owner of the State Street restaurant/theater The Orpheum was caught last month keying the car of his former partner, now competitor, who operates Crave around the block. (Warning: Crave’s website automatically plays music when opened, which to my mind is more than enough justification for keying the proprietor’s car.)