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.”