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Litigation
==Litigation==
Mr. Schwartz became involved in a high-profile lawsuit and counter-suit when Lilly Industries Inc., claimed that his goofoff.com address violated their trademarked Goof Off paint remover. Rick was informed by [[Network Solutions]] that Lilly had filed a dispute on the namespace and that he would have to litigate or face his site being placed on hold. At that time, the site was running as a travel and entertainment portal. He saw this as another example of "Fortune 500 Bullies" using their financial resources to push small business owners away from legitimately acquired and retained domains.<ref>[http://www.erealestate.com/domainking/articles.htm eRealEstate]</ref> A visit to goofoff.com today shows that the site remains in Rick's hands.<ref>[http://goofoff.com/ GoofOff.com]</ref> The settlement agreement allowed Rick to keep the site under certain restrictions, and Lilly Industries assumed all legal fees.<ref>[http://www.neusnews.com/blog/legal/ANALYSIS-OF-THE-GOOFOFFCOM-CASE-AT-NAF.php?post_id=51&pgtitle=ANALYSIS+OF+THE+GOOFOFFCOM+CASE+AT+NAF&category=legal NeusNews]</ref>
 
He says that he as received so many cease and desist letters that he owns ceaseanddesist.com.<ref>[http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2000/09/25/story3.html BizJournals.com]</ref>
Rick filed a suit against [[Afternic]], [[Network Solutions]], and [[Register.com]] in May, 2001. The alleged incident involved the illegal transfer of a domain he purchased, properties.com, from Afternic, back to its original owner via Network Solutions.<ref>[http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_2001_May_11/ai_74457347/ FindArticles.com]</ref>
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