30 Oct 09 - Afilias deactivating .info domains
Date: Friday November 20 2009, @11:25AM
Topic: Lawsuits and Judicial Decisions

maria790 writes "30 Oct 09 Afilias deactivating .info domains Class action lawsuit call against Afilias Ltd. - Horsham, PA

After the "Sunrise Period" of .info domains, trademark owners had the opportunity to file a challenge against the allocation of their trademark to other people. In 2001/early 2002, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center examined these challenges, and in some cases decided to transfer these domains to the challenger.

Since then, the challengers legitimately owned these domain names.

8 years(!) later, Afilias is claiming that WIPO did not properly examine whether the challengers met all requirements for a Sunrise allocation and deactivated these domains. Now, Afilias is reallocating them in a very intransparent process: everyone can apply for these domains, providing he pays a non-refundable fee of $250 and hands in a business plan. This reallocation process will reward Afilias millions of dollars - at the expense of us, the legitimate domain name owners!

The prevailers of the WIPO dispute resolution process - who have legitimately owned these domains since 8 years, who have been paying fees for these domain names since 8 years, who have developed our domains since 8 years, who have gone through a WIPO Challenge procedure - will not accept this reallocation!

We are currently collecting addresses of all affected domain name owners to file a class action against Afilias.

Should you also be affected by Afilias illicit domain name reallocation, please send your contact information to afilias.class.action.lawsuit@gmail.com"

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