7th Circ. Lets Bulgarian Dating Site Off Hook In IP Row

Law360, New York (April 27, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday threw out a default judgment in a trademark suit against the founder of a Bulgaria-based dating website, ruling that an Illinois court had no jurisdiction because the defendant did not do business in the state.

The appeals court remanded be2 LLC's suit against New Jersey resident Nikolay Ivanov to the Northern District of Illinois with instruction to dismiss the case for lack of personal jurisdiction.

"There is no evidence that defendant Ivanov targeted or exploited the market in the state that...
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