You are on the Board of your association (ABC Association). Unfortunately, as often happens, someone has decided to complain about EVERYTHING. First they complain to the Board. Then to every unit owner that will listen. This particular complainer is both convincing (because he does not know or care to actually understand all of the facts) and determined. Worse yet, some of the neighbors are starting to listen. The Board sends out a letter explaining the facts. To retaliate, the unit owner starts a web page and ongoing blog to identify every issue that the unit owner sees as unjust. To further this process the unit owner obtains the domain names ABCAssociaiton.net and ABCAssociationOwners.biz and puts the Association’s logo on these pages, even though the Association owns and runs ABCAssocition.com, and has not granted any permission to use their logo. The intentional implication is that this unit owner’s pages are somehow legitimate, when really the unit owner represents no one, has no fiduciary duties and can say whatever he or she wants. You call your association attorney and demand that the unit owner be forced to take down the web pages or at least stop using your association’s name and logo. You believe the name is confusingly similar – intentionally. BECAUSE IT IS.
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