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Those Zuccarini Domains on NameJet? They Sold for $302k in April.

July 19, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, john zuccarini, NameJet, UncategorizedComments Off on Those Zuccarini Domains on NameJet? They Sold for $302k in April.

Buyer in April auction turns to NameJet to sell domain names.

So why are these John Zuccarini domain names suddenly showing up on NameJet?

Whomever picked them up at auction in April is trying to make a quick flip.

The auction on April 8 attracted three bidders. After 45 minutes, one bidder walked away with the entire lot of domain names for a grand total of $302,000 according to court records. One of the bidders was DS Holdings, LLC (which bought the a cybersquatting settlement won by Office Depot that led to this entire mess). The other two bidders’ identities aren’t known and the winner requested anonymity from the court.

While I haven’t evaluated which domains have been auctioned versus which haven’t, it looks like the domains are selling quite well.


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Court to Auction John Zuccarini Domain Names April 8

March 29, 2011Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, john zuccariniComments Off on Court to Auction John Zuccarini Domain Names April 8

Court-appointed receiver finally set to auction off domain names.

The long saga of John Zuccarini’s domain names might be winding to a close.

On April 8, 2011, court-appointed receiver Michael Blacksburg will auction off dozens of domain names to satisfy a cybersquatting judgment against Zuccarini. Zuccarini also owes the IRS significant taxes.

Most of the domain names are typos and might be problematic to buyers. For example, 50cen.com and 50sent.com could be a problem with rapper 50 Cent depending on how they’re used. Some of the typos are generic but it could still be a challenge to hold on to them as a “new registrant” in a UDRP or court action (e.g. astology.com.)

You can see a complete list of the domain names here (pdf).

At one point last year Rick Latona planned to auction the domains off at a TRAFFIC conference, but that plan was canceled.


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Zuccarini Files Another Lawsuit, This Time Adding ICANN to the List

February 18, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, john zuccarini, lawsuits, NameJet, Network Solutions, Policy & LawComments Off on Zuccarini Files Another Lawsuit, This Time Adding ICANN to the List

Zuccarini sues three companies for negligence.

John Zuccarini has filed another lawsuit (pdf) stemming from the sale of 14 domain names on NameJet.

In this case he counts Network Solutions, NameJet, and now ICANN as defendants.

Zuccarini owes the IRS and creditors $550,000, some of which involves a cybersquatting judgment against him.

A court-appointed receiver was holding some of his domain names to satisfy these debts, but he accidentally let some of them expire. 14 domain names were subsequently auctioned off on NameJet.

Zuccarini says Network Solutions should have placed a special lock on the domain names since they were subject to a legal action. He claims Network Solutions, NameJet, and ICANN were all negligent.

He also says Network Solutions and NameJet received unjust enrichment from the auctions.

Zuccarini filed previous lawsuits in this matter that were thrown out by a judge.

He also just filed a case in Philadelphia for motions against court receiver Michael Blacksburg.


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Judge Shuts Down Zuccarini Fight Against NameJet, NetSol, and VeriSign

January 24, 2011Cybersquatting, Domaining, Domainnamewire, john zuccarini, NameJet, Network Solutions, Policy & Law, VeriSignComments Off on Judge Shuts Down Zuccarini Fight Against NameJet, NetSol, and VeriSign

Judge calls for an end to lengthy domain name battle.

United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema has said enough is enough in a domain name lawsuit filed by John Zuccarini.

Zuccarini filed the lawsuit after a court appointed receiver failed to renew domain names of his that were seized to settle a cybersquatting judgment. The domain names were at Network Solutions and subsequently auctioned off on NameJet when they expired. One of the domain names was bid up over $50,000, although I don’t know that the winning bidder ever paid.

Defendants NameJet, Network Solutions, and VeriSign each filed motions to dismiss that the judge granted on January 14. Zuccarini then filed an appeal on this ruling that the judge denied because he said the appeal introduced completely new arguments. Brinkema had harsh words for Zuccarini in declining his appeal.

“Zuccarini has already wasted quite enough of the parties’ and this Court’s time and resources in responding to his frivolous claims,” Brikema wrote.

Although Zuccarini can file another appeal, the judge reminded him that he “is again placed on notice that filing a frivolous appeal, or further frivolous motions on this Court, could result in the imposition of sanctions…”


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Latona’s Agrees to Auction Zuccarini Names Without TRAFFIC Backing

September 9, 2010domain auctions, Domaining, Domainnamewire, ds holdings, john zuccarini, Policy & LawComments Off on Latona’s Agrees to Auction Zuccarini Names Without TRAFFIC Backing

TRAFFIC is out, but auction house still plans to auction domain names.

After TRAFFIC organizers said they wouldn’t let a collection of domains previously registered to John Zuccarini be auctioned at their show, Rick Latona‘s auction house has decided to auction the domains on its own, according to a court filing.

The domains are part of a cybersquatting judgment originally won by Office Depot but later transferred to DS Holdings.

The receiver in the case planned to auction the domain names at next month’s TRAFFIC auction run by Latona. But Zuccarini pointed out that TRAFFIC co-founder Howard Neu had once represented him in the lawsuit that led to the domain names being seized and cried foul.

TRAFFIC organizers then said they wanted nothing to do with the domain names. According to the plaintiff’s attorney:

With his multiple threats, Judgment Debtor John Zuccarini has scared Howard Neu and the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference from getting involved in the auction of the domain holdings.

So the receiver amended his plans to drop the TRAFFIC show but still use Latona’s auction house to auction the domain names. The court has just approved this plan.

But this may not be the end of it. Zuccarini continues to warn Latona that he may be sued if he moves forward with the auction. Zuccarini still argues that the domain names were wrongfully seized from him as he says there was no court order to transfer the domains. He just responded to an argument from VeriSign in an ongoing lawsuit claiming the same (pdf).

What’s interesting to me is the sudden urgency of the judgment holder and receiver to auction the domain names. The domains are earning parking revenue, so they aren’t dead weight. (Although the receiver has some big headaches since he forgot to renew some of the domains). In justifying auctioning the domains in October, the receiver argued that TRAFFIC would be the best venue to sell the domains over the next two years. With TRAFFIC out, the plaintiff now is willing to do an auction without the TRAFFIC umbrella. The plaintiff is arguing to the court that Zuccarini will do whatever he can to stall an auction. But it’s still a mystery why there’s a sudden push to auction the domains.


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Court Wants Explanation for Conflict of Interest over TRAFFIC Auction

August 30, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, john zuccarini, Policy & LawComments Off on Court Wants Explanation for Conflict of Interest over TRAFFIC Auction

Court asks for explanation, but it’s probably a moot point anyway.

United States District Judge Susan Illston has asked DS Holdings and The United States to file a response to accusations that auctioning off domains previously held by John Zuccarini at a TRAFFIC auction would be a conflict of interest. Zuccarini complained to the court that this would be a conflict of interest since TRAFFIC co-organizer Howard Neu once represented him in the cybersquatting lawsuit that led to the judgment for which the domains would be auctioned.

The order states:

DS Holdings and the United States have moved to authorize auction of the domain names and distribution of the auction proceeds. In opposing the motion, Zuccarini asserts that the proposed auction site, the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Domain Conference & Expo, raises a conflict of interest because Howard Neu, an attorney who represented Zuccarini in the underlying action filed by Office Depot, is a co-owner and organizer of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Moving parties DS Holdings and the Unites States do not address this assertion in their reply. DS Holdings and the United States are therefore directed, within ten days of the date of this order, to file a response to Zuccarini’s contentions regarding conflict of interest.

Of course this is probably all a moot point anyway. The TRAFFIC show organizers have gone on record saying they want nothing to do with auctioning off Zuccarini’s domain names. Given that TRAFFIC auctions are actually run by Latona’s, and merely use TRAFFIC as a venue, it’s likely that Neu didn’t even know about the plans to auction off the domains at TRAFFIC before he was dragged into it thanks to the court filings.

Elsewhere in the Zuccarini saga, Zuccarini has filed a response (pdf) to Network Solutions’ motion to dismiss his lawsuit over the sale of expired domain names he owned that were later handed to a receiver.


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Zuccarini Threatens Latona’s and TRAFFIC Over Planned Auction

August 5, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, john zuccarini, Policy & LawComments Off on Zuccarini Threatens Latona’s and TRAFFIC Over Planned Auction

Court documents reveal that John Zuccarini has warned auctioneer and promoter of legal action if they go forward with auction.

On Monday I wrote about a proposed court order to sell John Zuccarini’s remaining domain names at October’s TRAFFIC conference to settle tax liens and a judgment in a cybersquatting case brought by Office Depot.

Now an attorney for the judgment creditor says that Zuccarini has contacted both Rick Latona and TRAFFIC organizers Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu, threatening legal action if they proceed with the auction.

Attorney Henry M. Burgoyne of Kronenberger Burgoyne, LLP filed an application for finding of contempt of court by Zuccarini for allegedly interfering with the auction plans. (Granted, the court hasn’t yet approved an order to sell the domains at TRAFFIC, so Burgoyne is apparently arguing that he’s interfering with the general plans to auction the domains.)

In the filing (pdf), Burgoyne reprints communications from Zuccarini to Rick Latona, Rick Schwartz, and Howard Neu, where he threatens legal action if they auction the domains while there are ongoing legal disputes. You may recall that Zuccarini has already filed suit against NameJet, eNom, Network Solutions, and VeriSign for auctioning off some of his domains that a court-appointed receiver let expire.

Particularly interesting is a note from Zuccarini to lawyer Howard Neu, who actually represented Zuccarini early on after Office Depot brought its cybersquatting suit against him:

As you are aware, as you represented me when the Office Depot case was first filed in April 2000, and while your name is not present on the Pacer web site, you had make telephone contact with the attorney of record at that time for Office Depot in hopes of coming to a settlement, although that did not work out in the end.

You did as you may recall, as I checked the Pacer site today, on December 13, 2000 file an affidavit on my behave, although it was rejected by the Court, as you had forgotten to use lined numbered paper for the document. No doubt though that document is on file with the court.

In consideration of these circumstances, I believe it to be extremely unethical, for you to conduct and if not illegal, also completely unethical, for you to financially benefit from any auction of the domain names for
the Office Depot case.

We’ll see what the court has to say.


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Zuccarini Sues NameJet, eNom, VeriSign, and Network Solutions

July 7, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, john zuccarini, Policy & LawComments Off on Zuccarini Sues NameJet, eNom, VeriSign, and Network Solutions

Lawsuit filed after expired domains sold on NameJet.

John Zuccarini has filed a complaint (pdf) against NameJet, eNom, VeriSign, and Network Solutions in U.S. District Court over the transfer and auctioning of a number of his domain names.

A number of Zuccarini’s domain names were transferred to a court-appointed receiver due to a judgment against Zuccarini in an anti-cybersquatting case. The receiver accidentally let some of the domain names expire, and the domain names were auctioned off on NameJet. (The domains were at Network Solutions, which sends all of its expired domains to NameJet.) A court denied a request for an emergency injunction against the domain names sold at NameJet.

The suit claims breach of contract, conversion, and civil conspiracy. Zuccarini is asking for the transfer of the domains to another party (the receiver) to be deemed illegal and void, payment of the approximately $80,000 the parties earned from auctioning the domains, and significant damages.


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Court Denies Emergency Injunction for Zuccarini Domains Sold at NameJet

June 16, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, ds holdings, john zuccarini, lawsuits, Policy & LawComments Off on Court Denies Emergency Injunction for Zuccarini Domains Sold at NameJet

Judge denies request to go after domain names auctioned at NameJet.

Yesterday Judge Susan Illston of U.S. District Court – Northern District of California denied a request for emergency relief on domain names that a court appointed receiver let expire.

On June 4 DNW wrote about how NameJet auctioned off a handful of expired domain names that were held at Network Solutions. It turns out that the domain names were part of the estate of John Zuccarini and were being held by a court-appointed receiver to eventually satisfy a cybersquatting judgment won by Office Depot.

Office Depot previously assigned the judgment to DS Holdings, which stands to potentially lose money after the domain names expired. DS Holdings and Zuccarini asked the court for an emergency injunction to recover the domain names that the receiver let expire.

After getting dragged peripherally into the case because it was the registrar for the domains, Network Solutions asked the court to let it intervene in the case. But the judge denied that too, suggesting that she is not terribly concerned about what happened to the domain names that were lost:

“Defendant John Zuccarini’s and judgment creditor DS Holdings, LLC’s emergency applications for temporary injunctive relief came on for hearing on June 15, 2010. Both emergency applications are DENIED at this time. The receiver and the parties are free to agree on a procedure for auction of the approximately 116 domain names that remain in the receiver’s control, subject to the Court’s approval. Additionally, Network Solutions, LLC’s motion to intervene as a plaintiff in this action is hereby DENIED without prejudice to renewal at a later date.”


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