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General Motors sues LendingTree

Complaint over domain name alleges trademark violation
Published on May 24, 2004

General Motors is suing online lending exchange LendingTree in a lawsuit that alleges trademark infringement and cyberpiracy. The giant automaker last week asked a federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan to block LendingTree from using the Web site, www.gmac.realestate.com, to promote its lending services because the domain name is almost identical to GMAC's www.gmacrealestate.com. GMAC stands for General Motors Acceptance Corp., the name of the company's mortgage lending arm. The lawsuit sites the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and seeks a permanent injunction, as well as payment of all revenues or profits made as a result of the alleged trademark use. The suit will test the laws on trademark use and Internet domain names and is an example of the growing importance of the Internet in conducting business and advertising services. No one from GMAC could be reached this morning to comment on the lawsuit. Web users who mistakenly add an extra dot to the URL for GMAC...

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