ZL.com Subject of UDRP Filing (Updated)
A UDRP has been filed against the valuable two letter ZL.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is WIPO Case D2016-1665.
ZL.com was created in May of 1996, and the domain name is privately registered. The domain name is parked and it is currently listed for sale via Sedo, although there does not appear to be an asking price listed at Sedo. I checked through my email records, and I do not see any references to this being listed for sale via any domain broker newsletters I receive regularly.
The UDRP was filed by a company called Zirngibl Langwieser Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB. A Google search for that company shows me it likely uses zl-legal.de for its website. It appears that this company is located in Germany.
As a LL.com domain name, ZL.com holds significant value, likely well into the 6 figures based on recent domain name sales. According to NameBio, the last publicly recorded sale of ZL.com was for $45,000 via NameJet auction in 2008, prior to the huge move in valuation for similar domain names.
Earlier this year, Kenyan Airlines filed a UDRP against KQ.com, which it lost. A little less than a year ago, a different company filed a UDRP against WI.com, and that UDRP was lost as well. The only time a complainant won a LL.com UDRP filing that I can recall is LH.com, although I believe that ended in litigation after the domain owner took subsequent action.
I am not really sure why the complainant seems to think it can satisfy all of the aspects of a UDRP, which is necessary to be successful. Once a decision is rendered, I will update this article to reflect the status.
Update: According to UDRPSearch.com, the UDRP has been terminated. It remains to be seen whether or not a deal was worked out in private for this domain name. Whois records show that the domain registrant still owns ZL.com.
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