In re Robert Edward Forchion, Jr., 2011 WL 3834929, (Cal.App. 2 Dist. August 31, 2011)
A long time marijuana activist (who now self-identifies as a “marijuana capitalist”) asked a California court to legally change his name to match the domain name of his website — njweedman.com. The court denied the request.
The court gave three reasons why it would not allow the name change:
- A name change would last indefinitely, but a domain name could expire or be lost. Therafter, people might be confused.
- The name change would associate the petitioner’s legal name with a website that advocates illegal activities, and that should not be allowed.
- The petitioner tried to change his name in New Jersey back in 2001 but failed. The California court, looking to principles of “comity,” went along with the New Jersey Court.
At least we know Sunshine Megatron is not as controversial.