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Network Solutions and ICANN Sued Over Front Running

   
9:41 pm on Feb 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Network Solutions has forced millions of people to buy Internet domain names from them instead of cheaper competitors through a scheme that's netted the firm millions of dollars, a federal class action lawsuit filed today by Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP states. ICANN, whose policies facilitate the scheme, is also named in the suit, filed in U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

The suit alleges that Network Solutions engaged in front running and made millions from the activity. The suit apparently also names ICANN. I wonder if those characters in ICANN who claimed that front running didn't exist are happy now.

Forbes Article on Network Solutions class action lawsuit [forbes.com]

Regards...jmcc

[edited by: engine at 8:03 am (utc) on Feb. 27, 2008]
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9:43 pm on Feb 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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gotta love it boy didn't take long for this to come about
10:13 pm on Feb 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Whatever the verdict they'll probably only end up paying back a fraction of what they scammed. At least the suit should cause registrars to smarten up in the future.
3:43 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I registered my first domain a long time ago with these crooks. Good thing I moved away, finally, this year. I will now delete my entire account with them. Thieves.
4:20 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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didn't take long for this to come about

Frontrunning has been going on for a long time. It's been a frustration for me and I'm glad to see that there is something in motion now. So, how do I get compensated for all the extra money I've had to pay? ;)
5:07 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Slightly off topic, but here it goes:

I've registered one of the domain names with them in 1999, and paid 34.95 for it for a while. A month ago I decided to move away from them. I called to initiate the transfer and was informed that it would take a day or two and was tolled that a service rep will be contacting me to confirm. Next Day got a phone call, spoke with the nice lady. Paid 35 bucks and extended the registration for the next 4 years - at $8.75 per year.

Ye, I know, I could of saved a whooping 7.04 bucks if transferred to GG on the current promo they run, but that would take an extra 2-3 hours of my attention to the subject.

6:46 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Also off topic, a little bit . . .was working with a not-so technical client and trying to get her domain set up on a new server. We managed to get in and get the DNS changed, but when we tried to transfer to another host, it was in lock for 90 days. The domain was pending expiration. As I was working with the N.S. tech, out of nowhere she puts me on hold. When she comes back what she'd done was call the client and literally bullied her into doing a renewal.

In addition to never recommending anyone to N.S., they now get to hear this little anecdote.

6:49 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Domain front running, Domain tasting, Buying millions of names for Ads, DROA (and similar organisations) deceiving name owners... The list goes on.

There is a lot of murky business surrounding domains. It needs effective regulation that allows honest people and businesses to buy and own names in a reasonable way.

6:59 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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When she comes back what she'd done was call the client and literally bullied her into doing a renewal.

This has the smell of "corporate desperation" on it. The lock must have been triggered by the change in dns info. A cheap trick to hang on to a registration.

How long ago was this?

8:23 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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--- The lock must have been triggered by the change in dns info. ---

DOES NOT have to be just DNS Info, any change in WHOIS would flip it. They openly state that when someone tries to change it.

1:41 am on Feb 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Domain front running, Domain tasting, Buying millions of names for Ads, DROA (and similar organisations) deceiving name owners... The list goes on.

There is a lot of murky business surrounding domains. It needs effective regulation that allows honest people and businesses to buy and own names in a reasonable way.

I put that part in bold...

Not so sure "buying millions of domains for ads" is a murky business practice at all.

If someone purchases a domain without breaking any laws, I don't think there needs to be regulation to tell them what to do with it.

I don't want some court telling me what I can do with my domain. If I want to put ads on it or if I want to develop it is my business.

The other stuff (front running, tasting, droa), I totally agree are shady en devours, but just buying domains is a legitimate business model. Whether it's 1 or 1,000,000.

2:11 am on Feb 28, 2008 (gmt 0)



Kapov,
I have spent quite a bit of cash in buying domains. Not fishy at all. There were available and I registered them. Some other names I bought from other domain holders. What's wrong with it? If Ted Turner wants to to buy 2 million acres, is that deceiving?
8:46 am on Feb 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I hope both of them are hit very hard by this.
3:18 pm on Feb 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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How long ago was this?

December 2007. Yeah, she had lost her login, we had just gone through the process of getting her a new login and the contact info had changed, which is why it was locked. That part we understood, was trying to resolve other issues with the phone call.

3:22 pm on Mar 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Any day NetSol gets sued is a good day. It's the type of company that needs to be hit hard and often until it stops its arrogant schemes.

p/g

P.S. This company lost millions of dollars by failing to offer competitive prices years ago. It used to have ridiculous hoops to jump through to transfer out. Evil prices, too.

 

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