Thief doesn’t show up to defend lawsuit.
Verisign has transferred the domain name EQN.com to its previous owner after a judge ordered the transfer.
Blackshore Properties, Inc. of San Marino, California acquired EQN.com in a NameJet auction in 2011 for $4,950. A thief subsequently stole the domain name from the company and transferred it to Chinese domain name registrar 22.cn in 2016.
Blackshore filed an in rem lawsuit in October last year in U.S. District Court in Virginia where .com registry Verisign is located. The thief (not surprisingly) didn’t show up to defend the domain, so the judge ordered Verisign to return the domain name.
The registrar for the domain switched from 22.cn to Enom around February 1, 2019. Enom doesn’t publish Whois records but the transfer likely indicates the domain has been returned to the legitimate owner.
David Weslow of Wiley Rein represented Blackshore Properties.