Not entirely sure of the best place for this to be honest, but please have it moved elsewhere if it needs. A few months back I announced a new product and gained a large audience very, very quickly. A couple of weeks later a competitor arose and starting selling their smaller, more expensive version. They have been selling online for several years, doing semi-related things, but only decided to start selling this new product after ours was announced - because they've been online for years they have numerous domains, several relevant to their business name, however one of which is registered with false details. Today, after launching my product to an extremely receptive audience and making hundreds of sales, this competitor is attempting to defame me and threatening legal action, stating that I am using this one domain of his to redirect traffic to my site. I'm baffled. If this is making no sense, it's because I've spent the whole day not sleeping or eating trying to resolve this, but I'll break it down: Competitor has domains such as .com / .biz / .info etc In the same year of registering the others (3-4yr ago) Competitor registered .org using false registration data, for some reason or another I pop up a few month ago, announce my product which is only semi-related to some of the things he was doing at the time Competitor sees me do this, copies my product and attempts to sell it, getting some good engagement but it ultimately falls flat and appears to make very few (if any) sales I launch my product to astounding success, he then sees this Competitor takes his falsely-registered .org domain and 301 redirects it to mine, then proceeds to threaten me with legal action stating that I purchased or hacked a branded domain to redirect traffic to my site. He says this is not his domain, but because it is branded he has trademark rights. I spend 6+ hours attempting to use .htaccess to prevent the redirect, but this seems impossible so far Before Competitor can post about this online and defame me, I redirect my whole website to another random site - now his site no longer directs to mine, but neither does mine, which is losing conversions. That is now where I'm stuck - the competitor is adamant that I have taken this domain (which doesn't appear to have been used at all since being registered until now) and used it to redirect anyone who goes to that address. I would really appreciate it if someone might know how I can prevent his site from redirecting to mine. From what I've researched it may be impossible - it's a redirect so doesn't pass referrer information, so I seem unable to block it with .htaccess. I toyed with the idea of trying to redirect or block all direct traffic visitors (which I believe is how a 301 redirect would appear), but can't find out how I can do this. To confirm: I've searched (and searched and searched and searched) for 6+ hours to find an answer to this question, but the only things I can find are answers from people who think the question was regarding referral traffic, not redirected traffic. Does anyone know a way around this at all?