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    by jimrutt on Monday April 26 2004, @08:41AM (#13439)
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    Phil Sbarbaro, our head litigator at Network Solutions, now retired, had as our #1 strategic legal goal NEVER to get a domain name defined as property. And he was successful, up through the Virginia Supreme Court.

    His agrument was quite compelling from a legal perspective. I wonder what went wrong in the sex.com case (besides some rather egrigious facts) or did VRSN just pussy out?

     ===================== been there, done that
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    by finee on Monday April 26 2004, @12:04PM (#13440)
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    Or maybe VRSN just did the smart thing and finally settled. A judgement against VRSN could have been much very much worse.

    This started with an ex-con with a record of fraud who fradulently transfers a domain to himself. The worst part of this on the part of Network Solutions, in my opinion, was not the allowing the initial transfer. No when they were made aware of the fraud they not only did not investigate the fraud, and if they found that the initial transfer was fradulent, revese the transfer, they forced the victim to have to recover the domain through the courts and at the same time they proceeded to litigate against the victim in these proceedings. While all of this was going on the damages in the case escalated into the tens of millions of dollars.

    I really start to wonder if the real reason this case was pursued was not because there was any merit in the case but rather in the hope that the "other side" would run out of funds and give up the legal fight. The trouble with such a strategy is that if the other side does not break it can become very very expensive.

    I do not think VRSN did "just pussy out", they very wisely cut thier losses before this lost cause did even more damage to them.
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    • Re:uggggh! by jimrutt Thursday April 29 2004, @05:57AM

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