Grandma Bullied & Sued For Her Name

$1,640 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 1 month
Heidi Persistence Powell  BELLINGHAM, WA
March 8 hearing has been continued to March 22


Feb. 23, 2017 UPDATE
There is some good news to report and some upsetting news. 

The good news is that last night the Arizona federal court dismissed with prejudice Arizona Heidi’s cybersquatting claims against us, which means that they cannot be asserted again in the future. This is the outcome we expected to happen within the first few weeks after she filed the suit against us.  I have to say, it’s been an exhausting and emotional seven months trying to make this happen.  We are very relieved that it’s over. 

The bad news is, we are having to continue fighting for my name as Arizona Heidi is continuing the attempt to steal it though the bankruptcy court.  As you know she caused our released bankruptcy from 2012 to be reopened by offering the trustee $10,000 if he would re-open it, take my name and sell it to her. 

After attending the first bankruptcy hearing we had great news that the trustee had filed a motion with the court and we would be retaining my name. That motion is public & can be looked up (dated Dec. 30th) ...in a nutshell the trustee said  "it is unclear whether the domain name is an asset of the bankruptcy estate.  It is unclear whether Debtors properly claimed the exemption in the domain name”.  Even so, we filed an amended schedule and he allowed us to use $7,953 of unclaimed exemptions and make up the difference (of the $10,000) by giving him $2,047, the so called non-exempt portion.  I delivered the money to our attorney’s office that day and we celebrated this the next day on New Years Eve.   

The next hearing which we believed would sign & seal that motion was set for Jan. 25th.  Sometime between Dec. 30th and Jan. 13th, on finding out the trustee was not selling her the name, Arizona Heidi’s attorney, called the trustee and said she would now pay him $20,000 instead of $10,000.  The trustee then moved the next hearing date to March 11th (*correction, he moved the next hearing date to March 8th)  to give himself time.  The  bad news happened yesterday as the trustee has yet again changed his mind by striking his own motion allowing us to keep my name and has filed a new motion saying he is now selling it to Arizona Heidi instead, for $20,000 this time.  

My continued ownership of the domain name heidipowell.com, which is my name, I AM Heidi Powell,  will come down to the bankruptcy court’s ruling.  

We thank all of you who have supported and are still supporting us with kind words, prayers and donations.  We have been able to apply $1,042.77 of what’s been donated so far to our bill with Tom Lester and are very grateful for this.  We are still seeking monetary help as there remains a very large balance and that continues to grow until we no longer need to be defended.  

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My name is Heidi Powell and has been so since my marriage to Kent Powell in 1979.  In 2005 my husband gave me the http://www.HeidiPowell.com domain name as an anniversary present, to use as my email address.

 Another “Heidi Powell,” who didn’t become “Heidi Powell” until a few years ago, has tried to buy my domain name, several times over the last few years.  Each time she was told the same thing “no the domain isn’t for sale”.  When she was unable to purchase the domain she filed a cybersquatting lawsuit against us, making false claims regarding my usage of my name.

 The cybersquatting claim has no merit and we believe the suit was filed as a way to bully and intimidate us into transferring ownership of my name to her, in order to avoid legal action.  The action has a few names “Reverse Cybersquatting” or “Domain Name Hijacking”.   

We are being defended in the cybersquatting case pro bono by David Weslow and Ari Meltzer of the “Wiley Rein Law Firm” of Washington DC.  These are wonder people who care about justice and the rights of domain owners.  The case is still in litigation. 

 It is bad enough that she would sue us under baseless claims, trying to bully me into giving it to her but what happened next is unconscionable!  Before the cybersquatting case has even been decided, now she is attempting to steal it by taking advantage of a 2012 misfortune of ours, trying to use our old bankruptcy as a way to take the domain name.  I'm afraid to ask what she will do next.  

 Her mean spirited and unjust actions have created a negative impact on our financial situation and will continue as long as this goes on.  Although Wiley Rein is standing up for us pro bono, meaning we do not have to pay the tens of thousands of dollars their defense is costing, we now have acquired the ongoing cost of fighting her actions in the bankruptcy court, here in Washington State.   We are in need of funds now to pay our bankruptcy attorney’s fees as well as court fees arising from the case.  

 Any amount of money donated that is over and beyond what we need to cover our bankruptcy costs and travel expenses to the Arizona court, will be donated to the ICA “Internet Commerce Association”, a non-profit advocating for the rights and interests of domain name owners and related service providers. http://www.internetcommerce.org/  

 
Press coverage
USAToday
TV star Heidi Powell sues grandmother Heidi Powell over website
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/nation-now/2016/09/23/tv-star-heidi-powell-sues-grandmother-heidi-powell-over-website/90916602

The Register
Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/09/27/narcissist_heidi_powell_wants_her_dotcom

Domain Name Wire
WTF: Heidi Powell files cybersquatting lawsuit against Heidi Powell over HeidiPowell.com
http://domainnamewire.com/2016/07/19/heidi-powell-lawsuit

Domain Name Wire 
Reality star Heidi Powell wants to drop cybersquatting case, but lawyer says ‘not so fast’
http://domainnamewire.com/2016/09/19/reality-star-heidi-powell-wants-drop-cybersquatting-case-lawyer-says-not-fast

Filing Cybersquatting Complaints With No Actionable Claims -  by Gerald M. Levine
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160926_filing_cybersquatting_complaints_with_no_actionable_claims

December 19, 2016 - DN Journal - Ron Jackson
ICA's 1st Lonnie Borek Memorial Award Goes To Attorney David Weslow.
http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20161219.htm

February 1, 2017 By John Colascione
Sometimes you just cannot have the domain you want
https://www.strategicrevenue.com/sometimes-you-just-cannot-have-the-com-name-you-want-now-move-on

February 6, 2017 - DN Journal - Ron Jackson
Somebody Bullied the Wrong Grandma - How Heidi Powell Became a Key Figure in the Fight for Domain Owner Rights
http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2017/dailyposts/20170206.htm

February 25, 2017 - By John Colascione
Domain Community Can Do "MuchBetter" To Help Heidi Powell keep heidipowell.com, raise awarness
https://www.strategicrevenue.com/domain-community-can-do-much-better-to-help-heidi-powell-keep-heidipowell-com-raise-awareness


Attorney David Weslow
http://www.wileyrein.com/professionals-DavidWeslow.html

Attorney Tom Lester
http://lesterhyldahl.com/attorneys/tom-lester


We’d appreciate your support and prayers in any way you can offer.  Thank you!




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Update 13
Posted by Heidi Powell
2 days ago
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$45.75 payment to our attorney. There is a hearing tomorrow. Thank you for helping us fight for our rights!

Total fees taken out before gofundme disbursement are 7.9% + $0.30 per donation.
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Update 12
Posted by Heidi Powell
7 days ago
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Tom Lester payment $68.19 Paid from generous donations by angelic people. Thank you so much for helping to cover the costs of this fight for our rights.

Total fees taken out before gofundme disbursement are 7.9% + $0.30 per donation.
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Update 11
Posted by Heidi Powell
19 days ago
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We want to thank you domain community, for your generous donations, kind words and speaking out in public about the wrongness of Heidi Powell's (from Arizona) actions taken against us. Your continued support has given us wings and much strength to continue standing up for our convictions. It's true there is power in numbers! Each time one of you reaches out and touches us we feel the power and it is building. We are very grateful to all of you and your support as this fight continues.
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Update 10
Posted by Heidi Powell
20 days ago
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March 8th hearing has been continued to March 22nd.
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Megan Speyer
1 month ago
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Heidi and Kent are terrific people who do NOT deserve to be spending this much time harassed and stressed. This pseudo-celebrity is ruining their lives over something so trivial - she could easily get 100 other website domain names - why does she need one already belonging to someone else?

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Nikki Stephan Leslie
1 month ago
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These people not only do not deserve this but these would be thief's need to be stopped! They are ruining lives and this cannot be allowed! Anyone with a url is going to be affected! You THINK you have your own url, but this case will set a precedence that will affect that! You are paying a company to have use of the url you choose and then ANYONE can just decide they want it and TAKE it from you! This is something that needs to be addressed by us all now, while we can make a difference!

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Joseph Peterson
1 month ago
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I've been following this case for months now. It's 1 of the most egregious I've ever seen. Professionally speaking, I often represent clients in negotiations to buy a domain name. And in a parallel universe, the fitness instructor Heidi Powell might even have been a client of mine. But there's a right way and a wrong way to get what you want in this world. What this arrogant celeb is attempting to do is reprehensible – a naked exercise in greed, theft, and extortion. Not only is it unethical, it's also counterproductive, since she will damage her own reputation in the process and – by alienating the rightful owner of HeidiPowell.com – lose any chance ever to obtain the domain she wants. I would urge the newer Ms. Powell, the fitness guru, to reconsider the harm she is doing to herself and Grandma Powell. The general public loves an underdog and hates elitists with a grandiose sense of entitlement. Once they hear of this, they will naturally want to boycott this fitness instructor. ABC created this monster. Let's put pressure on ABC to withdraw any support they're giving the Heidi Powell's fitness brand.

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$1,640 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 1 month
Created January 22, 2017
Heidi Persistence Powell  
DG
$50
Domain Genesis
17 days ago
1
1

You have a legitimate claim of ownership. Fight on.

RM
$25
Robert Mountain
20 days ago
1
1
NE
$25
Nathan Eggert
20 days ago
1
1

To Heidi : Keep up the fight. To Domain Owners : This affects all of us, contribute what you can.

JS
$25
Joshua Schoen
20 days ago
1
1

Keep fighting!

MD
$50
Mark Dalton
26 days ago
1
1

It's not over, keep fighting! Chat.Domains

KK
$50
Konrad & Cynthia Kocsis
26 days ago
1
1
JS
$25
Joe Styler
26 days ago
1
1

Win this one.

BK
$50
brian kleiner
27 days ago
1
1

good luck

NC
$200
Nat Cohen
27 days ago
1
1

It is a shame what you are going through. Unfortunate that the legal system is being used as a tool to bully you, rather than in the cause of justice.

NP
$50
Neil Powell
1 month ago
1
1
Megan Speyer
1 month ago
3
3

Heidi and Kent are terrific people who do NOT deserve to be spending this much time harassed and stressed. This pseudo-celebrity is ruining their lives over something so trivial - she could easily get 100 other website domain names - why does she need one already belonging to someone else?

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Nikki Stephan Leslie
1 month ago
2
2

These people not only do not deserve this but these would be thief's need to be stopped! They are ruining lives and this cannot be allowed! Anyone with a url is going to be affected! You THINK you have your own url, but this case will set a precedence that will affect that! You are paying a company to have use of the url you choose and then ANYONE can just decide they want it and TAKE it from you! This is something that needs to be addressed by us all now, while we can make a difference!

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Joseph Peterson
1 month ago
2
2

I've been following this case for months now. It's 1 of the most egregious I've ever seen. Professionally speaking, I often represent clients in negotiations to buy a domain name. And in a parallel universe, the fitness instructor Heidi Powell might even have been a client of mine. But there's a right way and a wrong way to get what you want in this world. What this arrogant celeb is attempting to do is reprehensible – a naked exercise in greed, theft, and extortion. Not only is it unethical, it's also counterproductive, since she will damage her own reputation in the process and – by alienating the rightful owner of HeidiPowell.com – lose any chance ever to obtain the domain she wants. I would urge the newer Ms. Powell, the fitness guru, to reconsider the harm she is doing to herself and Grandma Powell. The general public loves an underdog and hates elitists with a grandiose sense of entitlement. Once they hear of this, they will naturally want to boycott this fitness instructor. ABC created this monster. Let's put pressure on ABC to withdraw any support they're giving the Heidi Powell's fitness brand.

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