The NETWORK Network has successfully defended its domain name against CBS and The Nashville Network. Taking on a media giant like CBS was a daunting task, but with the help of our attorney, Mr. Thomas E. Shardlow, we were able to survive the 2 year legal battle. Our attorney has taken the position in court that CBS's position in this litigation was "groundless and unreasonable" (see Motion for Attorney's Fees below). United States District Judge Nora M. Manella agreed, and handed CBS a stinging defeat with comments like:
CBS in their filings with the court claimed that the domain name was rightfully theirs given that the television industry relies on call letters to identify themselves and that the call letters should apply to television and now with the medium now spilling over to the Internet, the same should apply. They also claim that there is a matter of trademark dilution at stake because without the domain name they are “completely eliminated” from identifying their goods and services on the Internet and puts them at a “critical disadvantage” in the “highly competitive television industry.”
United States District Judge, Nora M. Manella completely disagreed with CBS, and concluded:
Available on this website are the following documents relevant to the court case:
We, at The NETWORK Network, are pleased that we can finally put this long running litigation to bed, and get on with business as normal again. Expect to see our new, improved, 2000 Seminar Schedule posted to this site shortly. As most of you know, we have been holding off on printing any new promotional material until we knew for certain which domain name we would be using. Now that we know, we will resume our marketing with a vengeance.
We wish to express our sincerest thanks to our loyal customers for their unfaltering support during this harrowing ordeal. We would also like to express our extreme gratitude to the law firm of Shardlow & Vick, especially our attorney, Thomas E. Shardlow, for his outstanding persistence and judicious advice that has enabled us to successfully defend our domain name against CBS and The Nashville Network.