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Username: mr800king
Date/Time: Sat, May 12, 2001 at 12:14 AM GMT
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Subject: Register.com, Afternic.com, NSI sued for RACKETEERING!!!

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        http://www.businesswire.com/webbox/bw.051101/211312400.htm

BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 11, 2001--A South Florida businessman has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in New York against Register.com, Afternic.com and Network Solutions Inc., for alleged fraud, misrepresentation and dealing in stolen domains.
    In the suit, Rick Schwartz, known on the Internet as the Domain King, claims he purchased the domain PROPERTIES.COM at auction on Afternic.com on February 27th. Utilizing the escrow facilities offered by DNEscrow (an affiliate of Afternic.com), he maintains he paid $61,188.00 for the domain.
    He alleges in the suit that three weeks after the domain was transferred to Schwartz, and without any notice to him, the domain was transferred back to its original owner by Network Solutions. Although he tried contacting Network Solutions, Register.com (the registrar of the domain and owner of Afternic.com) and DNEscrow, he was unable to get a legitimate response from anyone, the suit states.
    According to Howard Neu, Esq. Pembroke Pines, Florida attorney for Schwartz, a RICO lawsuit was filed Thirsday (Case no. 01-4302) against Register.com for allowing the domain to be transferred out of Schwartz' name without any authority or notification; against Afternic.com for allowing stolen domains to be auctioned off to innocent bidders and receiving a commission on the sale; for falsely advertising that they are the only "safe" way of purchasing domains on the web; and then refusing to return the domain or the money when it is determined that the domain that was auctioned was not owned by the lister.
    Schwartz said: "One or more of the parties is not being truthful, and the Federal Court system is the best way to get to the bottom of the matter. There is no question that this is a valuable internet property. The appraised value of "properties.com" is in excess of $1 million and some have appraised it for as high as $3 million. That presents a number of reasons for someone to have an agenda for "properties.com". If this domain was in fact stolen, then someone should be held accountable. The authorities should prosecute the offender and send a message that stealing internet property will land you in jail. If the domain is not stolen, then it rightfully belongs to me, and I want it transferred back."

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September 2000 South Florida Business Journal http://southflorida.bcentral.com/southflorida/stories/2000/09/25/story3.html


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    CONTACT: Virtual Dates Inc., Boca Raton
             Rick Schwartz, 561/753-1014
             mr800king@aol.com
                     or
             Neu Law
             Howard Neu, Esq., 954/431-3990
             howard@neulaw.com

    KEYWORD: FLORIDA
    INDUSTRY KEYWORD: LEGAL/LAW

     
 

Link: Properties.com stolen........Afternic to be held accountable!


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