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A court today awarded a Leeds-based translation company substantial damages after one of its competitors was found guilty of cybersquatting.

Link-up Mitaka Ltd (trading as thebigword) provides translation services to many of the top 100 global brands and government organisations such as, the Police and NHS Trusts and various large UK Government contracts.

In the ruling, the judge awarded substantial damages and in her findings said the defendants had chosen to “obfuscate and hide the true numbers of enquiries.” The judge found that the defendant’s case consisted of “a tangled mass of contradictions, inconsistencies, unlikelihoods, implausibilities and untruths.”

In a landmark further ruling on legal costs, the Judge said that the Defendant’s conduct was so exceptional as to amount to an abuse of process, with the effect that the amount to be awarded to the thebigword inclusive of interest will amount to nearly £250,000.


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