Person who bought 509.com in Sedo auction defends domain in stolen domain lawsuit.
The person who paid $109,000 to buy 509.com in a domain name auction has responded to a lawsuit that alleges the domain name was previously stolen.
Yin Sheng filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in July against John Doe and in rem against the domain, saying the domain was stolen from him. He said he acquired the domain in 2018. NameBio records show the domain sold for $295,000 that year.
The domain was auctioned on Sedo this year. Dashiell Shapiro won the auction and paid $109,000 for the domain name.
Shapiro responded (pdf) pro se, arguing that he acquired the domain in “a well-publicized auction from a recognized domain marketplace.” He also makes an affirmative defense of laches.