LAS VEGAS MGM Resorts International has won a trademark infringement lawsuit involving its 2,024-key New York-New York gaming resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
A U.S. District Court judge sided with MGM Resorts, awarding the company the rights to the Internet domain name newyorknewyork.com.
MGM Resorts’ resort prevailed against a company called NewYorkNewYork.com Inc., successfully arguing that the company infringed on the trademark rights of New York-New York under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. The judge ordered the owner of the other company, a California man named Ronnie Katzin, to pay MGM Resorts US$101,000 in damages.
The website included an image of the casino resort, but when users clicked on a banner, they were redirected a third-party booking site that included inventory for New York-New York competitors.