Virtual Point sues after person threatens UDRP if it doesn’t sell a domain for $1,000.
The owner of UDRP database site UDRPSearch.com has filed a federal lawsuit (pdf) after being threatened with a UDRP.
Virtual Point Inc filed the lawsuit after an individual tried to buy the domain name ALFinancial.com and allegedly threatened to file a UDRP if Virtual Point did not agree to a low price.
According to the filing, Joseph Rosenzweig contacted the plaintiff about acquiring the domain name. Rosenzweig offered $500 for the domain. Virtual Point countered with an $8,000 ask. Rosenzweig then responded with a $1,000 offer and “informed Plaintiff that his principal had “quite a bit of evidence” that the Domain Name was being squatted-on” by Plaintiff and that his principal wanted to “avoid going the UDRP route, which would cost about
Virtual Point filed the lawsuit to head off a UDRP. It’s asking for more than just the usual Declaratory Judgment. It’s also claiming wire fraud (because the defendant allegedly made false statements over email to force the plaintiff to sell the domain), fraudulent representation and unfair competition.
The suit names Rosenzweig and doe defendants. Virtual Point is represented by Mike Rodenbaugh.