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11|07|2009 12:39 pm EDT

SnapNames Daily Update : The Sharks Begin To Circle

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous

It didn’t take long for the sharks to begin circling. It’s come to our attention that class action attorneys already smelling blood in the water have begun investigating the possibility of a class-action case against SnapNames.  Blim & Edelson, Chicago based class-action attorneys, have put up a website to gather up possible plaintiff names and investigate the case.

To be clear the site states :
The listing of a company is not meant to state or imply that it committed any illegal or improper act; rather only that an investigation is or was being conducted by private attorneys to determine whether legal rights have been violated.

Edelson has recently taken on Facebook, Match.com, Lycos, and a number of other internet companies.

The site further reads :

If you purchased a domain name through SnapNames since 2005, you may be entitled to recover money. Contact an attorney today!

Also, typical of the domainer crowd, both SnapNamesClassAction.com and OverseeClassAction.com have been registered.  Too bad Edelson doesn’t have an affiliate program.


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20 Comments

SL

November 7, 2009 @ 1:04 pm EDT

Mailed my rebate form this morning (waiver included, of course). A couple hundred bucks was due, figured it’s certainly better than the 20 or 30 dollars I’d get when the class action suit is settled years from now.

Not defending Snapnames but at least there was a way to get the money back. The bulk of most class action settlements are paid out to the lawyers.

dcmike77

November 7, 2009 @ 3:12 pm EDT

@SL. So how’d you figure out how much you were owed? A lot of historical data has been removed

I agree with you on the class action suit too. Its just a way for the lawyers to make money

nycDomainer

November 7, 2009 @ 3:58 pm EDT

I’ve been suspicious of this for a while. I have been in numerous auctions where I felt like I was being bid up only to lose and then have SnapNames redo the auction a couple weeks later. Very shady.

Frank Michlick

November 7, 2009 @ 5:21 pm EDT

Apparently they are bringing back the historical data, so you might want to at least wait until you have access to that.

Drew

November 7, 2009 @ 6:31 pm EDT

>Not defending Snapnames but at least there was a way to get the money back. The bulk of most class action settlements are paid out to the lawyers.

You settled for $200? You’re a cheap date!

Luckily other people are willing to possibly not receive a rebate, in order to stand up for their rights – and ensure justice is served – rather than sign the first waiver that pops up.

steve

November 7, 2009 @ 6:38 pm EDT

How long until someone sets up a phising site for http://www.classactionconnect.com

hahaha. The circle never ends.

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SL

November 7, 2009 @ 7:23 pm EDT

@DCMike: My first auction with Snapnames was in the summer of ’08 so all information was available. Others with auctions before then should definitely wait.

@Drew: I calculated the figure myself and it matched exactly with the statement they sent plus interest, no more no less. They’re a private, for-profit company and they made me an offer. It looked fair so I took it. Bird in hand vs. two in the bush and all that.

Having been on this earth for a fair number of years, aspirations to change it have grown increasingly meaningless to me. But feel free to put it on your to-do list.

SL

November 7, 2009 @ 7:41 pm EDT

One other thing. To be fair, I should have mentioned that halvarez never beat me on any of the six affected auctions. So in my case it’s only about the difference in dollars, not the anguish of losing a domain where the action can’t be undone. Imho, that’s where the real harm lies.

That’s a whole other ball of wax that will probably be factored into the class action. Some type of opportunity cost or whatever the actual legal term is.

Carry on.

Noo Yawka

November 8, 2009 @ 10:35 am EDT

Hmmm, this gave me an idea.

I’m gonna register a new class of domains: [xxx-fill in a company name]classactionslawsuit.com

In today’s times, use the name of any company doing domain name auctions. Hopefully most of the companies are clean and there never will be a class action suit against them. But you never know.

The same principle holds for any company, not just domain auction houses. How much do you think microsoftclassactionlawsuit.com is worth as a domain?

Frank Michlick

November 8, 2009 @ 11:08 am EDT

@Noo: I think it’s worth a lawsuit from Microsoft against yourself.

Drew

November 8, 2009 @ 1:22 pm EDT

>How much do you think microsoftclassactionlawsuit.com is worth as a domain?

Maybe you should ask the owners of the far more popular [companyname]classaction.com and [companyname]lawsuit.com versions of your idea?

Noo Yawka

November 8, 2009 @ 1:45 pm EDT

@ Frank: That’s why it’s great to be judgementproof.

@ Drew: Dang! I thought I was the first. Back to the drawing board.

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pitbullstew

November 19, 2009 @ 10:00 am EDT

lets agree to disagree with those who sign the release…I never sign away my rights.

Lardvic23

April 15, 2012 @ 2:55 pm EDT

Ah okay, if that’s the case let us know…

ImFM

April 16, 2012 @ 2:41 pm EDT

You do know that you just responded to a 2 year old comment right? ;-) This case is long over and settled now.

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