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My Dad called the ex-employee and asked him to take down the Clients website, which he did. When my Dad asked him about the domain name, he said he didn’t have access to it (which is a lie). I just checked and ex-employee put up a “This domain is for sale” place holder shortly after the call was made.
Obviously he has stolen company property, but since he changed ownership, any chance of getting it back seems hopeless. What can we do to rectify this problem?
I was going to send the ex-employee an email asking him to release the domain to us. Should that be my first step?
Furthermore, if you know that he has a new employer, you should insist to the former employee that you will be forced to contact the new employer to determine whether he stole it on their behalf. Be careful about following this up without consulting an attorney first because he will no doubt be fired immediately and you need to be protected against any slander or libel charge.
Depending on the leverage you have (such as whether you know the employer), the person will likely respond without involving a lawyer. But your next step may be to consult a lawyer depending on how much this domain is worth to you.
I had a former employee run off with a laptop and he made all kinds of excuses why he couldn't have it back for months. When I threatened to contact his respectable new employer, the laptop was immediately returned (somehow all the reasons why it couldn't be returned evaporated).
It was easily resolved, and with no contact with the ex-employee by simply contacting our registrar and informing them of the unauthorized transfer. We had to fax documentation to the registrar proving we were the rightful owners (invoice from registrar for initial registration and company credit card statement in this case). Simple and painless, and our domain was back under our control within a few days.
[edited by: stuntdubl at 5:57 pm (utc) on Sep. 30, 2005]
[edit reason] no specifics please [/edit]