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Bloomberg: Shell in Legal Battle Over Name of Web Site, Journal Reports

Shell in Legal Battle Over Name of Web Site, Journal Reports

05:57 (New York)

June 2 (Bloomberg) – Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Europe’s second-largest oil company, is waging a legal battle to gain control over the Web site name owned by an 88-year-old British army veteran who uses it to post mostly negative information about the company, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The company wants to gain control over the name before RoyalDutch/Shell merges its two holding companies into a single entity, Royal Dutch Shell Pic, the Journal said.

Shell discovered soon after the merger announcement that the name was already registered and last month filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization, requesting the owner, Alfred Donovan, be stripped of his rights.

Donovan and his son John have waged a longstanding anti-Shell campaign that started in the 1990s in a dispute over rights to Shell gasoline-station promotions, the Journal said. Shell attorneys argue Alfred Donovan originally acquired the name to “disparage” the company, the newspaper said.

Original from Shell internal emails – WSJ enquiry about the Donovans

Wall Street Journal Article

This website and sisters,,,, and, are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia segment.

One Comment

  1. kevin cook says:

    Mr. Donovan

    I was the Shell MSO operator in Orlando, Florida (26 sites) until Sept. 2006. I am currently in a law suit with them over several transgressions they perpetrated during our relationship including non-payment of my transition payment ($130,000) upon our mutual termination of our agreement and their subsequent sale to Alimentation Couche-Tard. Are you aware of any other actions or suits that are ongoing? Do you have any advice or information that may be helpful to my case? I appreciate any help you can lend me.



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