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Georgia storm shelter company accuses Oklahoma rival of stealing business

The Georgia-based storm shelter company Survive-A-Storm has accused Oklahoma-based StraightLine Shelters of poaching its business and cybersquatting in a federal lawsuit.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: March 18, 2014 at 9:00 am •  Published: March 17, 2014
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Georgia-based storm shelter company Survive-A-Storm has accused Oklahoma-based StraightLine Shelters of poaching its business and cybersquatting in a federal lawsuit.

In its complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City, Survive-A-Storm claims StraightLine Shelters has set up a website with a similar sounding name to intentionally steal its business. With offices in Oklahoma City and Edmond, StraightLine was founded shortly after the series of tornadoes that hit the state in May 2013. StraightLine owns the website www.surviveastorm.com, while Survive-A-Storm owns www.survive-a-storm.com.

Survive-A-Storm also accuses StraightLine of trademark infringement and deceptive trade practices in its lawsuit.

Evan McCormick, an attorney for Survive-A-Storm, could not be reached for comment.

Derrick Ott, president and chief operating officer for StraightLine said he had not seen the lawsuit on Monday, but said he believed Survive-A-Storm’s owners were unhappy that a possible deal to sell the company to StraightLine did not work out.

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by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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