|Online gambling sites are among the Internet sites the Mandalay Resort Group has brought court actions against for infringement of its trademarks. Court orders now block six Internet sites form using Mandalay trademarks and lawsuits against four more sites have been filed. |
The Mandalay Resort Group of Las Vegas owns the Gold Strike hotel-casino in Jean, Nevada, and in Robinsonville, Mississippi. Mandalay accused one Internet site owner, Interactive One S.R.O., of linking a site it called 'goldstrikecasino.com' to Slotland, Interactive Ones’s own, more established online casino. Interactive One was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Roger Hunt to return the domain name to Mandalay.
The other lawsuits allege that several other sites and their operators also violate the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. This act is an element of the federal Trademark Act, which prohibits the intentional registration, in bad faith, and the use of any domain name by anyone who has no natural claim on that famous or distinctive trademark.
Luxor Online Casino of San Jose, Costa Rica, is also being sued, for allegedly linking its domain name, 'www.luxor-online-casino.com,' to a Mandalay online casino and sports book. Mandalay’s lawsuit actions have also reached DBS Administration Pty Ltd. in Brisbane, Australia, which had allegedly linked 'www.luxorcasino.com' to an online casino directory site that gives links to other casino web sites, thereby causing the link between Luxor and Mandalay to be made.
Mandalay also hopes to stop other, less specified organizations from infringing on its trademarks or making unauthorized links to promote their own online casino operations or sports books.