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01|12|2013 04:56 pm EDT deletion stopped by court order

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

Many domain investors were wondering yesterday why was renewed during the deletion process. VeriSign (VRSN) apparently received a court order forbidding them to delete the domain.

Here is an official statement from VeriSign that we received a few minutes ago:

The status of was changed as the result of a court order. Verisign responds to lawful court orders subject to our technical capabilities. When the company is presented with such lawful orders impacting domain names within our registries, we respond within our technical capabilities.

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Robert Fernandez

January 12, 2013 @ 5:32 pm EDT

Did the Court also order for the domain to be renewed for 5 years?

Expiration Date: 23-oct-2018


January 12, 2013 @ 5:55 pm EDT

@Robert: Either way, the owner should be able to renew the domain right after it is re-instated. Question is, why didn’t he renew or redeem it in the first place.


January 12, 2013 @ 6:09 pm EDT

WAY too much secrecy on this one! It still smells fishy! Until they post the court order online I don’t believe them.


January 12, 2013 @ 6:16 pm EDT

My bet still is that the root or crux of this dubious domain dilema is that it revolves around that much lamented disasterous platform migration from Dotster to that exposed major technological problems and deficient customer service … and at that “group of registrars under the Endurance umbrella (which left a huge trail of destruction of unhappy & dismayed customers behind )…as this domain had an expiration date in October which is when most of the other chaos at that Org started festering……

Would love to see “All” the court documentation from all parties involved here…. plus, wonder if Registrant got reimbursed for legal fees.. since he (or his company)” is the apparent “Winner”

….as Tom Cruise said to Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men” —-> “I WANT THE TRUTH”

Robert Fernandez

January 12, 2013 @ 6:32 pm EDT

@ ImFM:
from the original article;

“If you check the domain name now, it has been renewed by another five years. Judging from our records, the update happened after 2pm EST, while the drop was running already”

Hail Mary pass?


January 12, 2013 @ 6:51 pm EDT

Correct Robert. The domain was meant to drop towards the end of the drop (yesterday it ended at about 14:50 EST). First the domain was just taking off “pending-delete”, then later it showed a renewal.
I am thinking there might have been a court order that was sent to the registrar as well, but we (DNN) don’t have confirmation of that yet. Also as general practice, domains that are under dispute, should be renewed by the sponsoring registrar.
It’s going to be interesting when all of the details come out.

Robert Fernandez

January 12, 2013 @ 8:23 pm EDT

Thanks for the info and your perspective…

AbdulBasit Makrani

January 13, 2013 @ 12:08 am EDT

Thanks for the update. They must share the court order on internet. I have never seen this happening ever before!

Tyger Gilbert

January 13, 2013 @ 7:18 pm EDT

Of course, VeriSign “responds” to court orders . . . blah, blah, blah. But they would never respond to questions from the industry with anything but a non-answer answer. They still said nothing and the question of why the domain was allowed to renew during the deletion process.

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phạm thắm

July 16, 2013 @ 3:39 am EDT


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