Morgan Stanley’s pussy furore

Domain name disputes are often David and Goliath affairs,
but rarely Bank and Cat. When Morgan Stanley noticed
that someone had registered mymorganstanleyplatinum.
com, it called in trademark specialist Baila Celedonia of top New York firm Cowan Liebowitz & Latman.

Celedonia’s opponent, a cat called Meow, did not have a big legal budget. Business consultant Michael Woods, the real target of the bank’s wrath, blamed his cat Meow for the offending registration and the arbitration proceedings went ahead with the feline as the respondent.

Arbitrator Richard Hill had fun with the case. Morgan Stanley did not. “I can affirm that he explicitly said he was a cat. I got a chuckle out of it,” said Hill. Needless to say, Meow lost because “it is well known that the common cat… cannot speak or read or write”, said Hill in his judgment.

Meow, otherwise known as Baroness Penelope Cat, could not be reached for comment.