Consulting firm sues Wolfgang Puck and his wife over failed .food deal.
As if the new top level domain craze couldn’t get any weirder, new TLD consulting firm Minds+Machines is suing Wolfgang Puck and his wife. The lawsuit was filed by Minds+Machines, Top Level Domain Holdings, LTD., a British Virgin Islands registered company, and Federick R. Krueger.
The lawsuit claims that Wolfgang Puck and his wife tried to interject themselves into all new TLDs Minds+Machines is working on and that Puck ceased to jointly promote .food as agreed.
The contents of the lawsuit summarize what Minds+Machines alleges:
A. Minds+Machines Offers Top-Level Domain Registration and Operation Services.
B. Wolfgang Puck and Minds+Machines Agreed to Jointly Promote and Apply for .FOOD
C. Wolfgang Puck’s Wife, Gelila Puck, Interjected Herself in the Relationship Between Minds+Machines and Wolfgang Puck
D. Gelila Puck Unsuccessfully Sought to Become Involved in the Top-Level Domain Business
E. Gelila Puck Interfered with Minds+Machines’ Existing Business Relationships.
F. The Parties Negotiated, But Did Not Enter Into, a Broader Agreement
G. Gelila Puck Became Hostile Towards Plaintiffs
H. The Pucks Falsely Claim the Short-Form Agreement Is in Effect and have
Threatened to Sue Minds+Machines, TLDH, and Krueger.
The lawsuit claims Minds+Machines has already spent $100,000 promoting the TLD. The lawsuit alleges Gelila Puck, who has no technical background, “became personally and emotionally invested in the top-level domain business and came to dominate the parties’ relationship.” She “began to tell her acquaintances that she was creating the “new Internet.â€ She also frequently told friends, acquaintances, and business people that she was the “next Bill Gates.â€
The Pucks sent a demand letter to Top Level Domain Holdings, saying that it owned 50% of .FOOD, 50% of any TLD business that was the result of an introduction made by the Pucks, and the right to co-invest in any new TLD that TLDH works on. These demands are based on a a draft agreement between the Pucks and TLDH that TLDH argues was never signed.
It gets better. The lawsuit file is here.
(Hat tip George Kirikos)