After a more than five-year legal battle, Dutch Boyd is being forced to pay up.
On Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a March 2012 judgement against Boyd, claiming he acted in bad faith in registering the domain name "twoplustwopoker.com." Two years ago, U.S. District Court Judge Kent Dawson ruled that the two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner's infringement was "deliberate and willful," awarding Two Plus Two Publishing LLC. $25,000 in statutory damages and $33,985 in attorney fees.
"[It's] definitely a bad beat," Boyd told PokerNews on Monday. “I guess there is one more person rooting for me to have a really successful Series this summer.”
Two Plus Two first filed suit against Boyd and Anthony Scocozza in December of 2009, claiming the defendants' actions, "disrupted or are intended to disrupt Two Plus Two’s business by, among other things, diverting web users away from Two Plus Two’s Web sites and forums."
Mason Malmuth, owner of Two Plus Two, denied comment, saying that he will release a statement on the popular "News Views and Gossip" forum. He then wrote the following on the forum:
"We'll be making a statement in the near future. But we're very happy with this decision."
This isn't Boyd's first notable off-the-felt incident; in 2012 he publicly sold a 14k gold bracelet that he won in a preliminary event in the 2008 Five Diamond poker series held at Bellagio.
"It's a nice looking bracelet, but I've never worn it," he wrote at the time. "So I'm selling it to raise some Christmas cash."