(Just an update – Chase Bank has responded with the exact same email as below, on March 18th. Once again I had to tell them to put it in writing. The saga continues…) So, I guess they didn’t know what I meant by “send it in writing”. They took that to mean “send another email, but this time demand that I turn over this domain name and website to them”. I shouldn’t be surprised, their customer service tends to react the same way, with what some would consider borderline retardation.
So after the first email Chase Bank sent trying to threaten me in which they said, and I quote “Our firm does not object to your ownership of chase-sucks.com”, they go on in this email (sent less than a week later) to demand not only the domain name, but the website content as well. Wow – what changed? It’s kinda like how they just magically change people’s interest rates. I guess they didn’t like me posting their email to me on the internet for everyone to see. Boy, they’re gonna love this then! Here is the 2nd email they sent, in full:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
We are writing on behalf of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and its subsidiaries (collectively, “JPMorgan Chase”) to you, as the registrant of the Internet domain name chase-sucks.com.
JPMorgan Chase has well-established rights to Chase, as its trademark for banking and financial services. JPMorgan Chase’s trademark rights in Chase are based on the long-standing and extensive use of Chase by our firm or its predecessors. JPMorgan Chase owns trademark registrations that consist of or contain Chase.
Our firm has determined that its rights to its famous trademark Chase are being infringed by chase-sucks.com and by confusing content that appears on the website located at this domain name address. If you believe that your use of Chase at chase-sucks.com has been authorized by JPMorgan Chase, please specify the source of this authorization and the date on which you received it.
If you have not received such authorization, our firm demands that you immediately take the following steps:
-Discontinue all use of chase-sucks.com.
-Unlock the domain name registration and send the applicable authorization code to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can transfer the registration for chase-sucks.com to JPMorgan Chase’s account. (~emphasis mine)
Please do not open a new account for chase-sucks.com in response to this demand.
JPMorgan Chase would like to resolve this matter amicably if at all possible. Please respond in writing to email@example.com within ten days from the date of this message. Otherwise, our firm will assume that you are unwilling to comply with this demand. In that event, JPMorgan Chase will take all steps that it deems necessary to enforce its trademark and other legal rights.
JPMorgan Chase looks forward to a prompt reply to this message.
JP Morgan Chase Brand Protection
301 N. Walnut Street
1CC – 17th Floor – DE1-0175
Wilmington, DE 19801
I suppose I’ll be sued – although they don’t have a leg to stand on. I’ve already begun to prepare my motions. This will be fun.