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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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22 Pre-Release Domains to Backorder Now

April 20, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, Expired Domains, NameJetComments Off on 22 Pre-Release Domains to Backorder Now

Some domain names to add to your backorder list.

It’s been a while since I’ve published a list of dropping domain names I think are worth backordering. So here’s a list of 22 domain names currently in pre-release at NameJet that I think you should consider.

Please note that I haven’t reviewed any of these for trademarks, so you should do your own due diligence.

Worshipped.com
Marketingprofessionals.com
readingclubs.com
studentprograms.com
AtlantaAgents.com – excellent real estate name
ObservationTower.com
InsideWashington.com – great political domain
WallCalendars.com – huge market even with the advent of electronic calendars
WeDid.com – nice brandable
WinePeople.com
VeganLife.com
EmployerDirectory.com – good for jobs site
NetTeam.com – great brandable with many uses
CareInsight.com
BullStreet.com – play on “bull” and “Wall Street”
VIPspa.com
LeadAdvantage.com
NYCresources.com – I own NYCsearch.com
PhoenixPrinting.com
LocalFocus.com – local, local, local
SilverExchange.com – silver is hot now, but this is a timeless domain
GreenBuild.com – Not as good as GreenBuilder.com, though


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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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Zuccarini Case Against NameJet, NetSol, et al Moved to Virginia

November 23, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, eNom, NameJet, Network Solutions, Policy & Law, VeriSignComments Off on Zuccarini Case Against NameJet, NetSol, et al Moved to Virginia

Court transfers lawsuit to Virginia.

In a move that may have been expected by some observers, John Zuccarini’s lawsuit against NameJet, Network Solutions, eNom, and VeriSign has been transferred to the Eastern District of Virginia.

The case stems from some of John Zuccarini’s domain names that were transferred to a receiver after a cybersquatting judgment against him. The receiver let some of the domain names expire and they were subsequently auctioned off on NameJet.

eNom and Network Solutions asked the court to dismiss the case based on improper jurisdiction. Zuccarini had agreed to contracts with “forum selection clauses” when he registered the domain names. The court determined that the case should not be dismissed outright as the defendants wished, but instead should be transferred to the Eastern District of Virginia (pdf).

This move was not entirely unexpected. When the case was filed, domain name attorney John Berryhill (who is not involved in the case) commented on Domain Name Wire: “Venue Fail. He is in the District of Southern Florida alleging breach of contract, when the contract specifies that disputes are to be brought in Virginia.”


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Demand Media S-1 Discloses Details of NameJet Deals with Tucows, Others

August 9, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, Expired Domains, NameJet, Network Solutions, TucowsComments Off on Demand Media S-1 Discloses Details of NameJet Deals with Tucows, Others

IPO filing discloses financial deals for expired domain names.

Demand Media’s S-1 filing last Friday revealed a bit about the company’s expired domain deals, although it doesn’t refer to its partners directly by name. NameJet has deals with Network Solutions (with whom it co-owns NameJet) and Tucows. It probably has deals with other companies as well.

Here’s one of the statements (dollars are in thousands):

On February 9, 2009, the Company entered into an agreement with an unrelated party to purchase $1,000 of website names and to manage certain expired website names owned and operated by the customer in exchange for a revenue share (the “Domain Name Asset Purchase Agreement”). The Domain Name Asset Purchase Agreement expires in August 2010 and is renewable upon mutual agreement for an additional twelve-month period. In conjunction with the Domain Asset Purchase Agreement and beginning in June 2009, the Company also committed to purchase at least $300 of expired website names every sixty-day period or a total of $1,800 over the thirty-month contractual period. The contract can be terminated by either the Company or the counter party within 30 days prior to the end of each annual renewal period. The aggregate value of expired website names purchased by the Company from inception through December 31, 2009 and during the six-month period ended June 30, 2010 was $1,184 and $622 (unaudited).

This “unrelated party” is Tucows. On February 9, 2009, Tucows announced an expired domain deal with NameJet. On February 20, 2010 Tucows reported a bulk sale of about 2,500 domain names for $1M and entered into an agreement to sell up to $1.8 million over the next 18 months.

The S-1 also refers to another agreement:

On February 14, 2008, the Company entered into a three-year contract with an existing customer to manage certain expired website names owned and operated by the customer, as amended (the “Amended Domain Agreement”). Under the Amended Domain Agreement: (i) the Company manages its customer’s revenues and sales of its website names in exchange for a revenue share; (ii) the Company committed to provide the customer with a minimum of $1,750 of revenues per year (the “Annual Guarantee”) for a total of $5,250 over the three year contractual period and (iii) in the event annual revenues generated under the Amended Domain Agreement are less than the Annual Guarantee (as defined), the Company is able to satisfy the difference through the purchase of the customer’s then existing website names (as defined). The Amended Domain Agreement can be terminated without penalty by either the Company or the customer within 60 days prior to the end of each annual renewal period.

Gross revenues generated through the sale and management of the customer’s website names revenues was $332 and $349 during the years ended December 31, 2008 and 2009, respectively. The remaining Annual Guarantee for the years ended December 31, 2008 and 2009 was satisfied through the purchase of website names for the Company’s own use in April 2009 and March 2010, respectively.

This second one is a bit more perplexing. NameJet was formed with a deal with Network Solutions back in 2007. But this doesn’t sound like a deal with Network Solutions. Any thoughts?


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Woops! Court Appointed Receiver Lets Zuccarini Domains Expire, Auctioned Off on NameJet

June 4, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, injunction, lawsuits, NameJet, Network Solutions, Policy & Law, zuccariniComments Off on Woops! Court Appointed Receiver Lets Zuccarini Domains Expire, Auctioned Off on NameJet

Domains that were part of legal judgment are accidentally auctioned off.

Congratulations Michael Berkens, you’ve just uncovered a big mess by accident.

On May 25, Berkens wrote about the auctioning off of GovermentGrants.com on NameJet for $53,022. The story also mentions other expired domains that sold on NameJet at the same time, such as USGoverment.com for $4,950, GovermentGrant.com for $3,950, GovermentAuction.com for $2,750, and GovermentAuctions.com $2,500.

But there’s a problem. These domain names were part of the estate of John Zuccarini. Office Depot won a cybersquatting judgment against Zuccarini and later assigned its rights under the judgment to DS Holdings. DS Holdings was to recover part of the penalties against Zuccarini by selling the domain names. The court appointed a receiver, Michael Blacksburg, to hold onto the domains during the lengthy court process. But Blacksburg appears to have dropped the ball and let the domain names expire!

Since the domain names were at Network Solutions, they were automatically sent to auction at NameJet, where just the domains sold on one day topped $65,000 combined. The domains include:

govermentgrants.com
usgoverment.com
govermentgrant.com
govermentauction.com
govermentauctions.com
floridagovernment.com
californiagovernment.com
britian.com
greatbritian.com
dictionarys.com
perscriptiondrugs.com
wresteling.com
wrestleing.com
emailadresses.com

Now the court is being asked for an emergency injunction to lock down the domains. That could be a headache for the new owners of these domain names who bought them on NameJet.

I called Blacksburg yesterday and left a message for comment but he hasn’t responded.

You can read the court filings here (pdf, pdf), which includes as Exhibit A Berkens blog post.


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Domain Owners Should Learn Lesson About Leaving Money on the Table

November 9, 2009acquirethisname.com, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, eNom, NameJetComments Off on Domain Owners Should Learn Lesson About Leaving Money on the Table

Deal or no deal? eNom leaves money on the table.

Back in February I made an offer on a domain at AcquireThisName.com, an eNom affiliate. It wasn’t a great name, just a brandable that a friend was interested in. eNom wanted $6,000; my friend’s final offer was $400 since we were so far off.

Flash forward to November and eNom is letting the domain drop, likely to earn little or nothing for the domain it could have had $400 or more for. Here’s an email I received from the company:

Hello Andrew,

You were previously in contact with Acquire This Name about purchasing the domain name [redacted.com]. While we were not able to reach a sale agreement for the domain at that time, we want to let you know that the domain will soon be available in auction thru (sic) NameJet.com. If you are interested in bidding on the name in auction, please visit the domain redacted.com for more information. In general, the bid minimum bid price for the domains at NameJet start between $29-69 USD.

Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.

Regards,
Your AcquireThisName Team

I know $400 isn’t much. But it goes to show that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Had eNom made a reasonable counter offer, they probably could have sold the domain for $1,000. When you have a brandable name with few potentially interested parties who have other options, it’s worth trying to close a deal rather than lose it.


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