by Gwen Moritz
Posted 5/6/2005 05:40 pm
Updated 2 years ago
U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Eisele ordered Jim Bolt and attorney John Dodge and the three companies they incorporated -- which they called Arkansas Business Publishing Group Inc., Arkansas Business Journal Inc. and Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Inc. -- to pay $84,253 in attorneys' fees incurred by ABPG in asserting its trademark rights to those names.
Eisele also ordered Dodge and the companies to reimburse ABPG for $7,816 spent defending against Dodge's frivolous motion for sanctions actions against ABPG.
ABPG filed suit on May 1, 2003, days after Bolt, Dodge and someone called Juan Gomez incorporated the companies with names identical to those long in use by ABPG. They had threatened to sue two Internet service providers if they continued hosting ABPG Web sites.
Bolt and Dodge were executives in a Springdale penny-stock company called Golf Entertainment Inc., whose irregular business practices were the subject of investigative reporting by Arkansas Business and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.
The identity of Gomez, who was listed as registered agent for the new corporations, remains a mystery.