"registering Internet domains which have been used to redirect consumers to Sovereign Funding. Woodbridge alleges that "in particular,and upon information and belief. with the assistance of a outside search engine optimization vendor has used a fraudulent and deceptive search engine optimization ("SEO") technique, under which Sovereign Funding, either directly or working with various vendors under its control and direction, have created landing sites and search results which misdirect customers when a search is made using the term "Woodbridge" both alone or in combination with other words."
On October 5, 2011 attorneys for Woodbridge sent a cease and desist letter to David Springer (page 24 of 27 of Woodbridge pleadings Download Woodbridge Structure Funding LLC Complaint v Sovereign Funding) that any searches, that include the word "Woodbridge" to any websites owned or operated by Springer had to be completed no later than the close of business on October 7, 2011.
The very same day, October 7, 2011, many of the sites were redirected to our website (See Fly Trap Search Results: It's War Apparently!) where I discovered them on what proved to be a very tense Friday night in Phoenix, and where they remained for about 2 weeks, until they were redirected yet again, this time to Wikipedia and subsequently, to a blank error page.
As previously posted, many of the rogue landing sites were registered anonymously through Go Daddy's Domains By Proxy service, a well intentioned concept to help domain owners avoid email spam (similar services are offered by other registrars), that has instead, in my opinion, fomented the growth of sites in which individuals or entities can snipe, libel, and/or pilfer copyrighted material in reckless abandon, without retribution unless the affected person or entity is willing to go to considerable legal expense.