Internet and e-mail policy and practice
including Notes on Internet E-mail


2008
Months
Feb

Click the comments link on any story to see comments or add your own.


Subscribe to this blog


RSS feed


Home :: ICANN

27 Feb 2008

The Front Running Class Action Suit ICANN

In a recent press release, Los Angeles law firm Kabateck Brown Kellner says it's filed a class action suit against Network Solutions and ICANN for front running. (If you tuned in late, NetSol admits that if you query a domain name on their web site, they will speculatively register it so that it's only available through NetSol for five days, at their above market price.) This is a very peculiar suit.

For one thing, it's hard to see how the total class damages would be large enough to be worth a suit. The difference between NetSol's price and a normal registrar is about $25. In October, the most recent month reported, NetSol added about 55,000 new domains. Let's wave our hands and say that a quarter of those would have used a cheaper registrar, a rather high estimate, since I believe that most NetSol customers buy their domains as part of a larger package, and this complaint only makes sense for standalone registrations. Multiply that number of registrations by $25 and you get about $300,000 per month, and NetSol's only been doing this for a few months. The amount of alleged damages is rather low for a speculative suit like this one.

For another thing, although front running is certainly sleazy and anti-consumer, it's hard for me to see what's illegal about it. The press release is not informative and the analogy it makes to car dealers is not helpful.

PACER does not yet have any documents for this case, so when they appear I'll take a look and see if it becomes any clearer.


posted at: 23:43 :: permanent link to this entry :: 0 comments
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/frontrunsuit.html

Topics


My other sites

Who is this guy?

Airline ticket info

Taughannock Networks

Other blogs

CAUCE
Operation ReWired arrests 281 Business Email Compromise criminals
6 days ago

A keen grasp of the obvious
My high security debit card
275 days ago

Related sites

Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail

Network Abuse Clearinghouse



© 2005-2018 John R. Levine.
CAN SPAM address harvesting notice: the operator of this website will not give, sell, or otherwise transfer addresses maintained by this website to any other party for the purposes of initiating, or enabling others to initiate, electronic mail messages.