|Dennis Eric Toeppen|
|Born||1964 (age 49–50)
Mount Prospect, Illinois
|Education||BS, MS, MBA|
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Chicago
|Occupation||Bus company owner|
|Years active||1983 -|
|Home town||Mount Prospect, Illinois|
Dennis Toeppen is an entrepreneur from central Illinois and the owner of bus company Suburban Express.  He is also known for being a party to two cases of First impression (law) relating to Domain Name registration.
Early life and education
Dennis Eric Toeppen grew up in Mount Prospect, Illinois. He graduated from Prospect High School in 1982 and enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), majoring in electrical engineering. He later changed his major to business, graduating from UIUC in 1987. Thereafter, he obtained a bachelor's degree in economics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), a master's degree in transportation from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
In 1983, Toeppen started Suburban Express, a bus company which provides transportation from UIUC and several other Midwestern universities to Chicago . After a price war with Greyhound which involved two Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) investigations initiated by Greyhound, Suburban Express' ticket sales equaled that of Greyhound by 1985.
In 2013, Suburban Express received a large amount of negative media coverage after people found out that they had filed 125 lawsuits against passengers that year, and threatened other people including a Reddit moderator. The company withdrew its lawsuits after the negative publicity, only to reinstate many of them.
Toeppen also started Allerton Charter Coach, a charter bus company with 3 buses and 4 vans as of 2014.
In 1995, Toeppen registered about 200 internet domain names including some which were similar to well known companies and popular trademarks. Some of them included panavision.com (Panavision), deltaairlines.com (Delta Airlines), neiman-marcus.com (Neiman Marcus), eddiebauer.com (Eddie Bauer), and yankeestadium.com (New York Yankees). Some of these companies, like Delta Airlines, paid Toeppen to acquire the domain names from him.
Panavision, a camera manufacturing company, sued Toeppen for trademark infringement instead of paying him $13,000 for the domain. The court ruled in favor of Panavision, forcing Toeppen to relinquish the domain name. In a similar case, Intermatic Inc., a timer manufacturing company, sued Toeppen instead of paying him $5,000 for the domain name intermatic.com. The case was ruled in favour of Intermatic. In 1999, US congress made it illegal to knowingly register websites containing trademarks with the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.
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- Intermatic Inc. v. Toeppen, 947 F. Supp. 1227 (N.D. Ill. 1996).