Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond won a restraining order against two cybersquatters who own 66 web addresses that use his name and the name of his carbon-fiber technology business, Grail.
According to the StarTribune, LeMond is suing marketer Frederick H. Stinchfield and his son, Frederick H. Stinchfield III, for $6.6. million. Among the websites operated by the Stinchfields are lemondgrail.com, grailcarbon.us.websites, and lemond industries.com (which features LeMond’s image, his name, and some “derogatory information”). The lawsuit notes that the Stinchfields own other domain names that are “associated” with public figures, like singer/songwriter Rihanna and former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner.
The restraining order prohibits the domain owners from selling or transferring the domain names and from registering any additional domain names related to LeMond or his business.
LeMond was the first non-European to win the Tour de France (in 1986) and is the only American winner (after Lance Armstrong was stripped of his wins). This year’s competition just happens to begin on Saturday, July 1, and covers 3,540 kilometers — the equivalent of cycling from London to Tel Aviv or from Katmandu to Shanghai.