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Indiana real estate co. sues over Web addresses

Complaint alleges trademark violation

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An Indiana real estate company has sued a competitor that allegedly used Web site addresses similar to its own company name to draw consumers into the competitor's own Web site. The lawsuit will test the laws on trademark use and Internet domain names. F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors uncovered the domain names after a client allegedly mistyped the company's Web address and instead ended up on ERA First Advantage Realty's Web site, according to Tucker Emge's attorney James Johnson. Tucker Emge is suing ERA First Advantage and Associate Broker Janice Miller for injunctive relief and damages. "When an Internet customer mistyped F.C. Tucker Emge's domain name or otherwise inadvertently accesses one of the above domain names, the user was automatically directed to ERA's Internet Web site," the complaint stated. The lawsuit was filed April 5 in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Indiana. Domain names are an important piece of a real estate company's overall marketing plan because most...