NEW YORK, March 31 (UPI) — New York developer Donald Trump has filed a suit seeking $400,000 in damages from a man he says illegally set up websites bearing the “famous” Trump name.
Trump filed a countersuit against J. Taikwok Yung in federal court last week, claiming Yung was in violation of a U.S. law prohibiting the practice of so-called cybersquatting on trademark Internet domain names.
Yung, 33, set up four Trump-oriented domains in India in 2007, shortly after Trump announced plans for real estate developments bearing his name in Bangalore and Mumbai, CNN said. Yung’s sites, which were deactivated Saturday, often included snarky comments about Trump’s television shows “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Yung, 33, filed a suit against Trump in 2011 after Trump demanded he discontinue the websites. He claimed he was using the domain names legally and that Trump was attempting to stifle his right to freedom of speech.
A Trump attorney this weekend told CNN in an email Trump “has spent his career establishing his famous name and brand and is not going to sit by idly and allow a pathetic squatter like Mr. Yung to infringe on his well-established rights.”
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