VeriSign Can Be Sued for Losing Your Domain Name
July 27, 2003 2:33 PM   Subscribe

VeriSign Can Be Sued for Losing Your Domain Name A Federal appeals court (Ninth Circuit) has ruled that the owner of the domain, who lost the domain when VeriSgin transferred it on the basis of a forged letter, can sue VeriSign for damages resulting from VeriSign's mistake. The case is worth millions, but anyone who has lost a domain name due to VeriSign's incompetence may now be able to draw their pound of flesh straight from those entrusted with making sure the registry process works.
posted by mikewas (7 comments total)

The full opionion (in PDF) is available online.
posted by mikewas at 2:33 PM on July 27, 2003

Actually, VeriSign is only liable for domains lost before NetSol changed the language in 2000 or so to say that you are basically "leasing" a domain from them and don't own it. The debacle predates that change in agreement, but I'm glad to see them held accountable finally.
posted by mathowie at 2:59 PM on July 27, 2003

I don't think that's been resolved, Matt. Clearly any cases which pre-date that agreement could move forward immediately; whether VeriSign's current contracts protect them from conversion claims hasn't been fully tested in light of this ruling.

In any event, VeriSign's current "Service Agreement" doesn't specifically say that anymore. And their web site is loaded with terms like "Purchase" the domain name and so on.
posted by mikewas at 3:25 PM on July 27, 2003

Actually, they haven't been held accountable for anything yet. The case has been remanded to determine if NSI has liability for giving away an intangible property to a third-party. Operative words being "can" and "may."
posted by anathema at 3:26 PM on July 27, 2003

well, i guarantee they can't be sued for losing mine.
posted by quonsar at 10:37 PM on July 27, 2003

What about Leslie Harpold and That happened after 2000 (2002 sometime?) IIRC... anyone know anything about that case?
posted by weston at 9:36 AM on July 28, 2003

to be perfectly blunt, anyone who is still paying $35 a year for a domain name through verisign, when there are hundreds of cheaper, more reliable alternatives, deserves to be bumfucked.
posted by crunchland at 10:03 AM on July 28, 2003

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