Grandma Bullied & Sued For Her Name

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Raised by 24 people in 1 month
Heidi Persistence Powell  BELLINGHAM, WA
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


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


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Payment made to Tom Lester again today. Thank you all for your support as this continues.
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Megan Speyer
29 days 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
23 days 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
24 days 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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$1,140 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 1 month
Created January 22, 2017
Heidi Persistence Powell  
NP
$50
Neil Powell
10 days ago
1
1
JC
$150
John Colascione
14 days ago
2
2

You're efforts will support many and thus you have the support of many. Keep your head up; the domain community is behind you.

RJ
$35
Ron Jackson
16 days ago
1
1
JB
$100
Jay Buk
17 days ago
1
1
AF
$25
Aaron Farmer
17 days ago
1
1
$40
Anonymous
17 days ago
1
1
VU
$10
Vincent Uy
21 days ago
1
1
JM
$25
Jean-Francois Mayer
21 days ago
1
1

Best wishes for your success in fighting that case!

JS
$10
Joey Starkey
21 days ago
1
1

I also own my name as a domain. This could happen to me too.

FF
$30
Francine Fiesel
22 days ago
1
1
Megan Speyer
29 days 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
23 days 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
24 days 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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