Court dismisses cyber squatter's lawsuit against Grab

Indiscriminate registration of Internet domain names not to be condoned, says judge

3CS had sued Grab in 2018, arguing that it had reneged on a US$250,000 (S$337,000) deal to buy domain name "grab.co.id". PHOTO: ST FILE
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

The High Court has made clear in a test case that a cyber squatter cannot enforce an otherwise valid contract as a matter of public policy.

Senior Judge Lai Siu Chiu, in judgment grounds yesterday, found the indiscriminate registration of generic and non-generic names by management consultancy company 3 Corporate Services (3CS), domain registrar Top3 Media and others made them serial or consummate cyber squatters, a point made by defence lawyers for ride-hailing giant GrabTaxi Holdings (Grab).

Already a subscriber? 

Dive deeper at $0.99/month

Want more exclusives, sharp insights into what's happening at home and abroad? Subscribe to stay informed.

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • 2-week e-paper archive so you never miss out on any topic that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2020, with the headline Court dismisses cyber squatter's lawsuit against Grab. Subscribe