Facebook wins UDRP complaint for the domain FacebookEmail.com after 5+ months of waiting

The National Arbitration Forum decision to transfer the domain FacebookEmail.com to Complainant came after more than 5 months since the Complaint was submitted by Facebook.

The Complaint was submitted by Facebook on June 28, 2012 at the National Arbitration Forum. The current registrar Fabulous.com replied to the National Arbitration Forum on October 16, 2012 confirming that the facebookemail.com domain name is registered with Fabulous.Com Pty Ltd. and that Respondent is the current registrant of the name. Respondent was identified as “UDRP FA1206001451214” which is actually the case number at the National Arbitration Forum.

The domain has been to a few registrars (Go Daddy, Dotster and Fabulous) since 2006 when is was first registered. It has had a few different registrants and at times it had been behind privacy. It was behind Fabulous privacy when the Complaint was submitted on June 28, 2012. Between June 28, 2012 and October 16, 2012 the domain was registered to the Muscovitch Law Firm of Toronto.

I am not sure what happened and the UDRP does not identify the Respondent properly. The Muscovitch Law Firm involvement and the delay is not explained in the decision. I don’t remember any other similar delay, especially if the delay is not explained in the decision. There were no other legal proceedings that we know of, there was no response from the Respondent, there were no supplementary fillings and no 3-member panel appointed. There is no obvious reason that could delay the decision. Registrars are obligated by ICANN to reply to the UDRP centers within strict deadlines. Fabulous.com took 3,5 months to reply to the National Arbitration Forum.

The dispute was decided by a single-member Panel. Respondent failed to submit a timely Response in this proceeding. The Panel decided the all three elements required under the ICANN Policy were established, so the Panel ordered that the facebookemail.com domain name be TRANSFERRED from Respondent to Complainant.

Facebook owns the domain facebookmail.com but don’t own other domains like:

The domain facebookmail.com redirects to facebook.com. Facebook started offering @facebook.com email addresses to users in 2010.



About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

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