A federal court in Northern California has awarded Verizon $33.15 million in what the company is calling the largest cybersquatting judgment ever, Verizon announced Wednesday.
Verizon filed the case against OnlineNIC, a San Francisco-based Internet domain registration company, claiming it used Internet names–663 to be exact–that were chosen to be easily confused with legitimate Verizon names, according to Verizon.
It might hard, however, for Verizon to actually collect on the judgment, which was a default ruling, or one entered against a defendant who fails to answer a summons. No one appeared in court on OnlineNIC’s behalf or in its defense, Verizon said.
The award amount was calculated based on $50,000 per domain name, Verizon said.