Internet company accused of “cybersquatting”
By Paul
An Internet company and a real estate broker in Las Vegas have been accused in a lawsuit of infringing on trademarks for Henderson’s Green Valley Ranch community and the Green Valley Ranch Station Casino.

The lawsuit was filed in US district court last month by Station Casinos Inc., holding company for Green Valley Ranch Station casino and Green Valley Development Limited Partnership, against Kevin Knuhtsen and three companies belonging to him: IPlayer Inc., Information Services and Big Picture Interactive. Real estate broker Edd Ahrens is also being sued.

Station Casinos Inc. allege that Knuhtsen used his Internet site for commercial gain, linking it to a “Dennis Rodman Casino,” that Knuhtsen tried to sell the domain name to Station Casinos, and provided a link to Ahrens’ website

The lawsuit alleges that the defendant’s actions falsely represented the defendants’ services, websites and Internet domain names as those of the plaintiffs.

Knuhtsen and Ahrens are accused of trademark infringement, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices. Knuhtsen is also accused of 'cybersquatting,' or using a domain name that is identical or similar to the plaintiffs' trademarks.

The Greenspun family and Station are partners in the Green Valley Ranch Station Casino, and Knuhtsen worked for the Greenspuns' website as an Internet marketer in 1997 and 1998.

Knuhtsen would not comment on the allegations, as he had not seen the suit. Ahrens also said he had no comment.

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