Company that bought domain name for $100,000 in 2013 says that it has been stolen.
Netherlands corporation Diginus BV has filed an in rem lawsuit (pdf) against the domain name 1001.com, which it alleges was stolen from it.
The company paid $100,000 to acquire the domain name on Sedo in 2013, according to NameBio.
Based on historical Whois records, it appears that the alleged theft occurred in May this year. That’s when the Whois record changed from Namecheap Whois privacy to GoDaddy’s DomainsByProxy.
DomainsByProxy was subsequently removed to reveal a registrant in China.
Diginus filed the lawsuit in U.S. Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia, where .com registry Verisign is located.
David Weslow of Wiley Rein is representing Diginus.