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May 19, 2019

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Station Casinos files lawsuits alleging ‘cybersquatting,’ trademark infringement

Station Casinos Inc. of Las Vegas sued two website operators on Tuesday, accusing them of “cybersquatting” and trademark infringement for associating Station trademarks with online gambling businesses.

Sued separately in U.S. District Court for Nevada in Las Vegas were Ryan Murphy of Great Britain, who Station attorneys say is associated with the website domain name stationcasinos.org; and an entity called S.L. Enterprises, allegedly associated with the domain name vegasstationcasino.com.

In the Murphy case, the Station attorneys say in the lawsuit that the stationcasinos.org name links to various websites including an online gambling site www.onlinevegas.com.

“By registering and using a domain name containing plaintiff’s Station Casinos marks, defendant was and is attempting to trade off the goodwill plaintiff has built in those marks,” the lawsuit charges.

In both the Murphy and S.L. Enterprises lawsuits, Station alleges the domain names were linked to online gambling websites that aim to “lure away prospective visitors to Las Vegas.”

“For example, the infringing website contains a section entitled ‘Guest Preview,’ which states ‘we pay out more than is required in Vegas,’” the S.L. Enterprises lawsuit alleges.

Neither defendant could be located for comment. Station is represented in the litigation by attorneys Jason Firth and Laura Bielinski of the Las Vegas law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

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