I have been contacted by a client of a long time associate about some web work and in the course of action the old host is not returning any phone calls or emails to the client so they are basically stuck in limbo.
When they purchased hosting the domain was setup with the old host as the owner and not them also they had not been given any info about login info for their hosting account.
What kind of rights do these people have? What course of action can they take to obtain the domain and hosting?
If the domain name was registered by the hosting company and they pay their yearly fee, it is basically their property, unless the domain name is a trademark registered by the client before it was registered as a domain.
The contract between the hosting company and the client might shed some light on this specific situation. If the client is serious about getting his domain and site, he should contact a lawyer.