GoDaddy loses first UDRP from Marchex portfolio acquisition

No one responded to the dispute.

GoDaddy has lost its first UDRP from the portfolio it acquired from Marchex in April.

The company didn’t respond to a UDRP filed by Dairyland Midwest, Inc. d/b/a AgVision for the domain name

When the UDRP was filed last month, World Intellectual Property Organization sent a notice of the dispute to all contacts on the domain name. That included an email address as well as Although the latter email address appears to be a typo, it’s also owned by the NameFind subsidiary.

The name was listed for sale for $5,199.

GoDaddy is no stranger to being on the receiving end of UDRPs, but it’s been a while. It lost a bunch of cases when it was running its Standard Tactics company to pick up expiring domains.

Domain name registrar’s suspension stayed after it files for arbitration

OpenTLD argues it should have received a formal breach notice first.

Domain name registrar OpenTLD, which had its ability to register new TLDs suspended by ICANN, is back in action for now.

ICANN suspended the registrar for cybersquatting on other registrar’s brands.

OpenTLD has filed for arbitration in the matter, and ICANN has agreed to stay the suspension. The company’s complaint against ICANN is that it didn’t first serve it with a formal breach notice allowing it time to remedy before being suspended. OpenTLD and ICANN apparently communicated about the cybersquatting issue, but OpenTLD believes it should have received an official breach notice first.

The request for arbitration doesn’t deny the cybersquatting claims. OpenTLD and its founder lost UDRPs for names matching competitors such as, and It also allegedly registered,, and

OpenTLD is associated with Freenom, the company behind the free .tk top level domain name.

GoDaddy testing “Ad” designation in search results

Search results that are bumped up through marketing agreements get a new label.

GoDaddy is testing the use of an “ad” designation in its domain name search results.

Search results that have their locations influenced by a registry paying to bump up the result are sometimes labeled with the designation. The label is similar to the “premium” label placed next to aftermarket domains listed by sellers.

Here’s an example:
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Former GoDaddy employees say they’re owed overtime

Plaintiffs say they shouldn’t have been categorized as exempt and are owed overtime.

Three former* GoDaddy employees have sued the company, saying they should be paid overtime for work in excess of 40 hours per week.

Sal Careaga, Joshua Berry and Amanda Collins each worked in the Website Design Department, which designs websites for GoDaddy customers. The plaintiffs claim they worked more than 40 hours in some workweeks, but were not paid time-and-a-half. Click here to continue reading…

Latest .com Winners & Losers

Here’s how registrars fared with .com in March.

ICANN has published the latest Verisign .com monthly report, containing data from March.

Let’s start by reviewing which registrars added the most new .com domain name registrations:

1. GoDaddy* 1,001,339
2. eNom** 227,918
3. HiChina 165,567
4. PublicDomainRegistry 127,377
5. Tucows 118,454

When it comes to companies that won the transfer game, here are the top five registrars with retail operations for February. These numbers are the net gains after taking into consideration transfers-out: Click here to continue reading…