Zeek Figure Robert Craddock’s Fun Club USA Severely Sanctioned In Trademark-Infringement Case; Judge Orders Default For Failure To Follow Court Order
OfferHubb.net Inc. sued Zeek Rewards figure Robert Craddock in February 2014, alleging Craddock “immediately” embarked on a web-based disparagement campaign after OfferHubb chose in July 2013 not to renew a contract with Craddock and Craddock’s Fun Club USA Inc.
Co-defendants included Craddock’s wife, Sylvia Salgado Craddock, and Fun Club.
Craddock was accused in the complaint of cybersquatting, trademark infringement, wrongful use of a computer, misappropriation of trade secrets, wrongful interference with economic relations, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, defamation and hiding behind a shell company.
Now, a federal district judge in Nevada — following the October recommendation of a magistrate judge — has ordered sanctions. This includes the striking of the answer Fun Club filed in February. It also includes a default order against the enterprise.
Why? Fun Club’s “failure to comply with this Court’s Order to obtain counsel,” Judge Richard F. Boulware II said in the order.
Boulware also ordered the clerk to enter judgment and close the case. The financial fallout was not immediately clear.
As the PP Blog reported in October (italics added):
Fun Club and Craddock are referenced in a blistering memo filed in the Zeek Ponzi- and pyramid-scheme case by the SEC on Dec. 17, 2012. In the memo, the SEC accused Craddock of encouraging Zeek affiliates “not to cooperate” with Kenneth D. Bell, the court appointed receiver. The SEC further alleged that Craddock was spreading misinformation about how the agency viewed its own case against Zeek and that Fun Club appeared to have been formed 11 days after the SEC emergency action against Zeek on Aug. 17, 2012.
Craddock has not been charged by the SEC with wrongdoing . . .
The trademark-infringement claim may be particularly concerning to the MLM trade, given that Craddock has asserted he works as a copyright and trademark agent on behalf of MLM “programs.”
On July 22, 2012, while purportedly working as a “consultant” for Zeek, Craddock filed a copyright- and trademark-infringement complaint against a HubPages website operated by Zeek critic K. Chang. K. Chang, who also posts on publications such as the PP Blog and BehindMLM.com, ultimately prevailed in the action brought by Craddock.
Less than a month later, the SEC brought the Ponzi- and pyramid action against Zeek.
Earlier this year, a website known as Changes Worldwide identified Craddock as its copyright agent. Filings by the SEC in June 2014 alleged that Faith Sloan, accused in April 2014 of securities fraud by the agency in its Ponzi- and pyramid complaint against the TelexFree “program,” sent more than $15,000 to an entity known as Changes Worldwide LLC after an asset freeze was imposed against Sloan in the TelexFree case.
Sloan also was a Zeek affiliate. Whether proceeds that originated in Zeek and/or TelexFree made their way into Changes Worldwide is unclear.
Craddock also was sued for trademark infringement and other alleged offenses by a firm known as BTG180, which accused Craddock of using the alleged Fun Club “shell corporation” to engage in a “shake-down” bid against affiliates of at least three MLM networks: Zeek, OfferHubb and BTG180.
NOTE: Our thanks to the ASD Updates Blog.