Grandma Bullied & Sued For Her Name

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MY DOMAIN HAS BEEN TAKEN - FIND ME AT:
www.iamHeidiPowell.com

Please also see 'UPDATES" on green updates link right above this.  
September 11, 2017
MOTION FOR TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER/STAY PENDING APPEAL DENIED

I am more than saddened to tell you all that we have reached the end of this long road today. It will be 14 months on Wednesday that we have been fighting this fight for the right to keep my name.

We can't appeal without the stay or a bond to stop the sale while appealing because once the name is sold it can not be saved, even if we win on appeal.

Money in the hands of people with no values won today.

September 4, 2017
MOTION FOR TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER/STAY PENDING APPEAL FILED WITH DISTRICT COURT


Our attorneys Henry, DeGraaff & McCormick, PS, filed an emergency motion for a restraining order to stop the sale while pending an appeal with the district court. The trustee replied with an objection, of course which is pretty much a repeat of his last objection.

The federal district courts have original and exclusive jurisdiction over all cases arising under the bankruptcy code.

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We have a new attorney, Jacob DeGraaff, who is motioning for a stay pending appeal. 

We are fighting not only for my right to keep my name, and protection of my privacy rights but for the rights of all domain owners who are faced with frivolous lawsuits over rightfully owned names, fighting against trademark bullies who sue to get what they want and for the rights of private parties who go through a bankruptcy. If we allow this to happen, the taking of a person's own name which is being used as their online identity , their email address and key to account logins, for over a decade then we are allowing the bankruptcy court to legalize identity theft to the highest bidder, giving away the rights to our privacy and the privacy of others who have communicated with us in confidence.

We need your help!  Please help us protect our rights and the rights of others.

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August 16, 2017
Court Filing - ORDER Granting Allowing Debtor's Motion Stay To Be Heard Pending Appeal

Hearing date is set for 8/22/2017 at 02:00 PM
Judge Barreca's Courtroom, U.S. Courthouse,
Room 7106, 700 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101

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August 15, 2017
Court Filing

Notice to Court of Intent to Argue. Date of Hearing: 8/22/2017. Filed by Jacob D DeGraaff on behalf of Heidi Powell, Kent Douglas Powell.

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August 15, 2017
Court Filing

Debtor's Motion Stay Pending Appeal of Order Authorizing Sale of Domain Name and The Related Contract Rights.

Hearing date is set for 8/22/2017 at 02:00 PM
Judge Barreca's Courtroom,  
U.S. Courthouse, Room 7106
700 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

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August 14, 2017
Court Filing

Withdrawal and Substitution of Attorney Jacob DeGraaff to represent us. Involvement of Thomas Lester terminated.




UPDATE May 4, 2017
$561 ❤️  generously donated by Angela St. Julien from her DNHouston dinner cruise ticket sales! Thank you so much Angela! We are overwhelmed by your grace and generosity. Thank you for the interview as well.
www.dnhouston.com 

Blessings to you always ~ Heidi & Kent


UPDATE APRIL 22, 2017
www.dnhouston.com - Angela St. Julian

April 28th dinner cruise around Clear Lake, the Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston Bay. 7:00 p.m. – 10:00p.m.

All of the proceeds are going to the
Heidi Powell GoFundMe campaign.
Thank you Angela! You are a true Angel ❤️

A Chat with Heidi Powell & Angela St. Julien - Click Here
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Divine Intervention

Do you know Arizona Heidi Powell personally?  Calling all that know her personally to please speak with her and tell her...
"It's not too late to do the right thing, to have a change of heart.  We Believe in kindness and forgiveness.  In the end it's all that matters.  Being kind is not a weakness. Showing compassion is a strength.  Temptation to take something that is not yours is weakness.  Giving is strength.  Only the strongest of people can admit when they are wrong.  Money can't buy that.  Please be strong. Please show your strength. Please do this for you."  Tell her that you and I have faith she can be brave and make the right choice.

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UPDATE MARCH 27, 2017
Two rulings were made by the judge on March 22nd.

1. Our exemption is allowed.

2. Trustee is allowed to change his motion.

The decision on whether my domain name is property of the estate is still to be determined.

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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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Jan. 22, 2017

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

April 25, 2017 - Angela St. Julien
DnHouston Stands By Heidi Powell
Learn More About Heidi Powell and Her Fight to Keep HeidiPowell.com
http://www.dnhouston.com/learn-more-about-heidi-powell-and-her-fight-to-keep-heidipowell-com/

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

Attorney Jacob DeGraaff
http://www.seattledebtlaw.com/about-us/jacob-degraaff

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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MOTION FOR TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER/STAY PENDING APPEAL DENIED

I am more than saddened to tell you all that we have reached the end of this long road today. It will be 14 months on Wednesday that we have been fighting this fight for the right to keep my name.

We can't appeal without the stay or a bond to stop the sale while appealing because once the name is sold it can not be saved, even if we win on appeal.

Money in the hands of people with no values won today.
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September 4, 2017

MOTION FOR TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER/STAY PENDING APPEAL FILED WITH DISTRICT COURT

Our attorneys Henry, DeGraaff & McCormick, PS, filed an emergency motion for a restraining order to stop the sale while pending an appeal with the district court. The trustee replied with an objection, of course which is pretty much a repeat of his last objection.

The federal district courts have original and exclusive jurisdiction over all cases arising under the bankruptcy code.
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Stay Was Denied

I'm sad to report that the same judge who decided to sell her my name has denied our motion to obtain a Stay. A stay would have stopped the sale waiting for an appeal decision. Without the stay there is no point to an appeal as the sale will take place without the ability to get it back should we win on appeal. In place of a stay the trustee has requested a $20K bond as insurance if we lose on appeal (to stop the sale while appealing) to protect his interests should she walk away during the appeal process. The bonding company requires a $20K letter of credit to cover it. People who have gone through bankruptcy can't get a letter of credit. People who have an endless supply of money can get anything they want, no matter who they hurt in the process. There is no sense of decency in this and unless there is a miracle by Monday my name is gone.
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The amount of $2,047 just donated anonymously was originally meant to pay for our interest in the domain when the trustee was using our exemption plus this $2,047 to match her $10,000 and keep my name. The anonymous donor is now donating that money to pay Tom Lester which leaves a balance of $158.66 owed to him on the bankruptcy defense work he has done defending my name.

Any amount raised from here forward in excess of $158.66 will be paid toward legal fees incurred by Henry, Degraaff & McCormick’s hard work on our appeal. They care about this case very much and are already working hard for us.

We hugely appreciate everyone's help, donations and support given us thus far. It's a giant pressure off of our shoulders having the debt with Tom Lester satisfied and we are very close to paying him off. We'd like to get him completely paid off as soon as possible, as we continue on with Jacob DeGraaff's work on our appeal. Please help us spread the word by sharing on Facebook and Twitter that we only have $158.66 to go to pay off Tom Lester! We appreciate anything that can be sparred. Even $10 helps us get closer to the goal. I can also be contacted for exchange of services for donations. I build websites, set up internet marketing campaigns and do social account set ups. I would gladly trade services for donations.
Eternally grateful ~ Heidi
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Nikki Stephan Leslie
12 months 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
12 months ago
3
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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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Megan Speyer
13 months 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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Logan Flatt
5 months ago
1
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Heidi Powell of HeidiPowell.net is obviously a very evil woman. I encourage everyone to boycott anything to do with Heidi and Chris Powell of "Extreme Weight Loss" on the TLC network. Despicable.

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Heidi Persistence Powell
10 months ago
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Do you know Arizona Heidi Powell personally? Calling all that know her personally to please speak with her and tell her... "It's not too late to do the right thing, to have a change of heart. We Believe in kindness and forgiveness. In the end it's all that matters. Being kind is not a weakness. Showing compassion is a strength. Temptation to take something that is not yours is weakness. Giving is strength. Only the strongest of people can admit when they are wrong. Money can't buy that. Please be strong. Please show your strength. Please do this for you." Tell her that you and I have faith she can be brave and make the right choice.

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Logan Flatt
8 months ago
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Hi Heidi - I sold a domain name recently and wanted to share some of my proceeds with you. Stay strong. Keep up the fight. You are in the right!

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AJ
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Angela St. Julien
9 months ago (Offline Donation)
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This donation came from all of the "DNHouston Dinner Cruise" ticket sales, on April 28th. Thank you Angela! We are very grateful for you generosity.

$260
Anonymous
9 months ago
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DG
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Domain Genesis
11 months ago
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You have a legitimate claim of ownership. Fight on.

NE
$25
Nathan Eggert
11 months ago
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To Heidi : Keep up the fight. To Domain Owners : This affects all of us, contribute what you can.

JS
$25
Joshua Schoen
11 months ago
1
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Keep fighting!

Nikki Stephan Leslie
12 months ago
3
3

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
12 months ago
3
3

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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Megan Speyer
13 months 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?

+ Read More
Logan Flatt
5 months ago
1
1

Heidi Powell of HeidiPowell.net is obviously a very evil woman. I encourage everyone to boycott anything to do with Heidi and Chris Powell of "Extreme Weight Loss" on the TLC network. Despicable.

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Heidi Persistence Powell
10 months ago
1
1

Do you know Arizona Heidi Powell personally? Calling all that know her personally to please speak with her and tell her... "It's not too late to do the right thing, to have a change of heart. We Believe in kindness and forgiveness. In the end it's all that matters. Being kind is not a weakness. Showing compassion is a strength. Temptation to take something that is not yours is weakness. Giving is strength. Only the strongest of people can admit when they are wrong. Money can't buy that. Please be strong. Please show your strength. Please do this for you." Tell her that you and I have faith she can be brave and make the right choice.

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