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DOMAINfest set for Feb 5-8, 2013

September 19, 2012Domain Services, DOMAINfest, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Oversee.netComments Off on DOMAINfest set for Feb 5-8, 2013

Dates finally set for big domain industry conference.

domainfestOversee.net has set the dates for its annual DOMAINfest Global conference. Next year’s shindig will take place February 5-8.

The show will return to the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. The entire hotel will be reserved for DOMAINfest guests.

Moniker will be holding an auction in conjunction with the event.

DOMAINfest is typically the domain investing community’s largest event in terms of attendance. ICANN meetings are larger, but those include a lot more people from the policy making side of the internet.

It will be interesting to see how the conference changes this year now that Oversee.net’s only big domain name company is DomainSponsor. It sold Moniker and SnapNames earlier this year.


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Monte Cahn settles lawsuit against Oversee.net

August 21, 2012Domaining, Domainnamewire, jeff kupietzky, lawsuit, Moniker, monte cahn, Oversee.net, Policy & LawComments Off on Monte Cahn settles lawsuit against Oversee.net

Long legal battle between Moniker founder and Oversee.net is over.

Moniker.com founder Monte Cahn has dismissed his lawsuit against Oversee.net regarding money he said he was owed under a bonus plan.

Cahn joined Oversee.net after Seevast sold Moniker to Oversee.net. Cahn left Oversee at the end of 2010. In May 2011 he filed a lawsuit against the company arguing he was due part of a $13 million bonus plan.

Having read many of the documents and examinations filed with the court, I can say this was a particularly unsettling legal battle for both parties. There was certainly ill-will between Cahn and some of Oversee.net’s former staff.

Yet a lot has changed since the lawsuit was filed. Oversee.net CEO Jeff Kupietzky left the company in August 2011, and Oversee.net sold Moniker earlier this year.

387 documents were filed since the case was initiated. There was already an initial trial on one issue, which the judge ruled in favor of Oversee.net.

Here’s the statement of dismissal:

VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL WITH PREJUDICE
Pursuant to a settlement agreement between the parties and Rule 41(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Plaintiff Monte Cahn and Defendants Oversee.net, Jeffrey Kupietzky, and Lawrence Ng, through their respective undersigned counsel of record, hereby stipulate to the voluntary dismissal of this Action in its entirety against all defendants with prejudice. Each party shall bear its own attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses.

Details of the settlement were not disclosed. I’ve reached out to both sides for comment.


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Oversee.net’s fifth employee returns to DomainSponsor role

May 30, 2012Domain Parking, Domaining, Domainnamewire, domainsponsor, mike song, Oversee.netComments Off on Oversee.net’s fifth employee returns to DomainSponsor role

Mike SongMike Song, an early Oversee.net employee, has returned to the company as an account manager.

Song was hired by the company in 2003 after it launched the DomainSponsor domain parking service. He was the fifth employee of the company. He later held positions in operations and portfolio acquisitions with DomainSponsor.

Song left Oversee.net in 2008 to join MediaTrust, according to his LinkedIn profile. At MediaTrust he was a manager of business development.

He will report to Sam Tseng, Director of Sales at DomainSponsor. Tseng is another long time Oversee.net employee who also joined the company in 2003.


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Jeweler sues Oversee.net for cybersquatting

May 24, 2012Cybersquatting, Domaining, Domainnamewire, lawsuits, Oversee.net, Policy & Law, UncategorizedComments Off on Jeweler sues Oversee.net for cybersquatting

Jeweler files claim over six domain registrations.

Jewelry company Tacori Enterprises has sued Oversee.net in U.S. District Court for cybersquatting.

Tacori alleges (pdf) that Oversee.net is cybersquatting with at least six domain names:

Taccori.com
Tacorri.com
Tacoriiv.com
TacoriRings.com
Tacoti.com
Tracori.com

Tacori alleges that Oversee.net “is a serial cybersquatter who registers, uses, and traffics in domain names that are confusingly similar to famous or distinctive trademarks owned by others, including Tacori trademarks.” It also alleges that Oversee.net intentionally failed to maintain accurate whois records for the domains.

Tacori is represented by Howard Kroll and David Steele of Christie, Parker, and Hale, LLP. The two are no strangers to cybersquatting lawsuits; they’ve represented Verizon in multiple cases.

When asked for comment, Oversee.net responded “We are reviewing the lawsuit and plan to defend our position vigorously.”


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Oversee.net hires GM for $40M+ travel vertical

May 17, 2012Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, lowfares.com, Oversee.net, raj beriComments Off on Oversee.net hires GM for $40M+ travel vertical

Oversee.net hires GM from online travel industry to run its travel network.

Oversee.net has hired Raj Beri as General Manager of its travel vertical, the company announced today. Beri was previously Director and COO of IgoUgo, a travel site owned by Travelocity.

The travel vertical is part of Oversee.net’s “vertical markets” business that includes fully developed web sites. Oversee.net is best known to domainers for its DomainSponsor domain parking service.

Oversee.net’s travel properties include LowFares.com, FareSpotter.net, AboutAirportParking.com and AirportParking.com. These are big sites; LowFares.com has a US Quantcast rank of 1,492 and FareSpotter.net is ranked 2,973.

So just how big is Oversee.net’s travel vertical? According to Beri’s LinkedIn profile, it’s a $40MM+ business.

Other vertical markets at Oversee.net include consumer finance (CreditCards.org, IdentityTheft.com) and shopping (ShopWiki.com).


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Judge allows fraud claim in Monte Cahn vs. Oversee.net to move forward, nixes two others

January 6, 2012Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, monte cahn, Oversee.netComments Off on Judge allows fraud claim in Monte Cahn vs. Oversee.net to move forward, nixes two others

Judge tosses two claims, allows fraud claim to move forward.

The judge overseeing Monte Cahn vs. Oversee.net has handed down a mixed bag to both parties in his latest ruling.

The Honorable Stephen V. Wilson dismissed two of Monte Cahn’s claims against his former employer while denying a motion to dismiss a fraud claim and strike a prayer for punitive damages.

Oversee.net argued that Cahn’s fifth claim for fraud by Oversee.net was merely a restatement of an earlier insufficient claim that was dismissed. But the judge ruled that Cahn added enough specificity to the claim to make it a valid claim.

The judge also denied Oversee.net’s motion to strike the Prayer for Punitive Damages based on the fraud claim.

However, Wilson dismissed two claims for conversion with prejudice. The judge had previously dismissed such claims but allowed Cahn to plead them again. These are now off the table.

The judge’s refusal to dismiss the fraud claim and strike punitive damages is a victory for Cahn, and the claim for fraud seemed to be a bigger issue than the conversion claims.

A judge trial for Cahn’s first claim for breach of contract is scheduled for January 17.


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Monte Cahn Calls Oversee’s Motion to Dismiss “Boilerplate”

October 4, 2011Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, monte cahn, Oversee.netComments Off on Monte Cahn Calls Oversee’s Motion to Dismiss “Boilerplate”

Judge again to decide on motion to dismiss some of Cahn’s claims against his former employer.

Monte Cahn has responded (pdf) to Oversee.net’s Motion to Dismiss certain claims in his case against his former employer.

Cahn’s lawyers write:

“As this is Oversee’s second Motion to Dismiss, Oversee has defaulted to boilerplate, insubstantial objections to Cahn’s claims.”

The judge struck many of Cahn’s claims in Oversee.net’s previous motion to dismiss. Oversee.net says the case is simply a breach of contract case.

There’s not much new in Cahn’s response, as it mostly reiterates what he alleged in the latest amended complaint against Oversee. In addition to breach of contract, Cahn claims that Oversee.net committed fraud when it convinced him to join the company when it acquired Moniker. He also alleges conversion of some of his personal domain names.

For the fraud claim, the lawyers state:

“…he is suing Oversee because Defendants’ fraudulent representation caused Cahn to lose millions of dollars in lost opportunities, including alternative employment and investment opportunities with third parties.”


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Oversee.net Blasts Monte Cahn’s Amended Lawsuit

September 26, 2011Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, monte cahn, Oversee.netComments Off on Oversee.net Blasts Monte Cahn’s Amended Lawsuit

Oversee.net continues to say lawsuit with Monte Cahn is merely about contract claims.

Oversee.net has filed a motion to dismiss (pdf) numerous claims in Monte Cahn’s second amended lawsuit.

The motion to dismiss starts out with this telling line:

“Apparently, the third time is not the charm.”

The second amended lawsuit was the third complaint brought by Cahn.

Oversee.net claims Cahn’s latest complaint is “fundamentally flawed”. It asks the court to dismiss claims of fraud or conversion and let the case proceed “as a matter rooted in contract law”.

The motion to dismiss states:

“Although Cahn has now abandoned some of his theories, he still seeks to turn a breach of contract claim into a claim for fraud, and he still seeks to plead conversion claims that fail as a matter of law”.

The company claims that Cahn has tried to revive two of the claims that the court dismissed previously.

“In an effort to conceal the lack of change, Cahn reformats some of his allegations and repeatedly adds to his factual allegations speculative contentions about the defendants’ states of mind…”

Oversee.net also claims that Cahn has added “several rhetorical flourishes about the supposed importance to Oversee of retaining Chan post-merger”.


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Oversee.net Discusses Layoffs and Its Future

September 19, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, Oversee.net, UncategorizedComments Off on Oversee.net Discusses Layoffs and Its Future

Company co-president explains Oversee.net’s business shift.

News of Oversee.net’s layoffs didn’t come as a huge surprise last week. This sort of shuffling the deck is common when there’s turnover at the top.

I caught up with Scott Morrow, co-President of Oversee.net, to find out what’s going on at the company.

Morrow told me that Oversee.net now has three strategic focus areas.

First, it will leverage its core assets of DomainSponsor and DOMAINfest Global. It will expand these further outside the limited domainer crowd.

“The domain industry is evolving and many of our clients are moving from parked pages to building out sites, taking advantage of affiliate opportunities and lead generation,” explained Morrow.

The company will still be involved with monetization but it won’t just be parked pages.

Second, it will build out its marketing services platform “to better value or add value to the traffic that we support.”

This involves projects like categorizing and profiling traffic to better understand it. The company is also investing heavily in email and mobile.

Third, Oversee.net will continue to build out its own properties, particularly in the travel, consumer finance, and retail sectors.

Despite the layoffs, Oversee.net is still hiring. The company is looking for engineers, developers, and sales people.

Morrow says the company is still going strong into Europe as well.

As one of the largest companies in the domain name space, Oversee.net is seen as somewhat of a bellwether. It will be interesting to see if there are similar shifts are other companies in the space.


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Oversee.net Lays Off 13% of Staff

September 15, 2011Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Oversee.netComments Off on Oversee.net Lays Off 13% of Staff

Company lays off staff after executive transitions

Los Angeles, CA domain name company Oversee.net has fired 13% of its workforce. The company just announced the layoffs with the following statement:

As part of its plan to address new growth opportunities, Oversee.net has realigned its work force resulting in a staff reduction of 13 percent. These moves, along with pending new hires, will allow the company to leverage core assets to innovate more effectively, improve competitive positioning and achieve growth.

This move comes just weeks after CEO Jeff Kupietzky left the company. Three other executives left in June.

Oversee.net fired 18% of its staff in early 2009, but has been hiring since.


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