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...more than others.  LeMond cybersquatting trial scheduled, court agrees to seal some records

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A U.S. District Court judge this week set a jury trial date of Feb. 1, 2019, for the case Greg LeMond has filed against a father and son who he says are cybersquatting on at least 66 web domains related to his name and trademarks.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung also has set out a schedule and rules for the case's discovery period over the next year. The schedule comes about a month after Leung partially agreed with the three-time Tour de France winner's request to seal documents related to the case.

LeMond is charging that Frederick Harold Stinchfield II and Frederick Harold Stinchfield III registered the domains and were offering them for sale. He said the names infringed on LeMond trademarks and demanded $6.6 million in damages and compensation.

The sites were registered in the Stinchfields' names in 2016. The domains include variations on the words LeMond and Grail, which is a trademark LeMond Composites uses for its products. The domains include lemond.news, greglemondgonewild.com, lemondautomotive.com and lemondtechnologies.org, among others.

According to the complaint, the Stinchfields also had built a site that contained "derogatory information about LeMond and his businesses," as well as his name and photo. The site has now been taken down.

The Stinchfields did not respond to phone calls and emails from BRAIN, but the elder Stinchfield told the Minnesota Star Tribune that an identity thief must have registered the domains in his name

Tom

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