A UDRP panel had ordered the domain name to be transferred.
Epik CEO Rob Monster has filed a lawsuit (pdf) to halt the transfer of vocl.com after losing it in a UDRP.
The domain has a weird history. An Epik customer owned it until just recently. That’s when the MyPillow guy, Mike Lindell—the one who you’ve seen on TV saying the presidential election was stolen—decided he wanted to buy the domain for a new social media network. Epik facilitated the sale to Lindell for $40,000.
Shortly after announcing the new name, a company called Creatd said that the name would infringe on trademarks for its social service called Vocal. Lindell decided to abandon the name, and Monster agreed to buy the domain back from Lindell for $10,000.
Then Creatd filed a UDRP and won.
Monster’s lawsuit will halt that transfer for now. He’s asking the court for a declaratory judgment that he’s not cybersquatting on the domain.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Monster has filed a lawsuit after an adverse UDRP decision. He filed a suit over BC30.com as well, but he never served it. However, this time he hired the law firm Newman Du Wors LLP, which has expertise in domain name disputes.