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Citation Edit

WAWA, Inc. v. Christensen, 1999 WL 557936, 1999 US Dist. LEXIS 11510, 44 Fed. R. Serv. 3d 589 (E.D. Pa. July 27, 1999).

Factual Background Edit

WAWA sued defendant, a Danish citizen, for trademark dilution based on defendant’s use of the domain name “wawawa.com.” After defendant failed to answer, WAWA moved for a default judgment.

Trial Court Proceedings Edit

The court denied the motion and conducted a hearing to determine the validity of service of process. WAWA had served the complaint on defendant by e-mail and certified mail. The court held that e-mail was not a valid form of service, but that service by certified mail was proper. The court entered a declaratory judgment that defendant’s use of the domain name “wawawa.com” violated the Federal Trademark Dilution Act (FTDA) and the Pennsylvania antidilution statute.

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