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Competitor’s Web site leads to cybersquatting lawsuit

Broker contends communications are allowed under free speech

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A lawsuit by Real Living Inc. against one of its former top agents has temporarily suspended the use of several Web addresses that included the Real Living name and the names of its top executives. The lawsuit, filed June 9 in Ohio's Franklin County Common Pleas Court, alleges that David E. Barlow, who left Real Living in December 2004 to open a competing RE/MAX real estate brokerage in Columbus, Ohio, and his company have violated the federal "Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act" by registering and using domain names for several Web sites, among them:,,,, and Harley E. Rouda Jr. is CEO and general counsel for Real Living, a large brokerage company based in Ohio, while Kaira Sturdevant Rouda is company COO, and Harley E. Rouda Sr. is chairman. The case has since been moved to U.S. District Court in Columbus. It's not the first time Barlow has clashed with Real Living in court -- t...