Nu Dot Co

  • Antitrust feds probing Verisign’s .web deal

    …, requesting certain information related to Verisign’s potential operations of the .web TLD. The CID is not directed at Verisign’s existing registry agreements. He did not comment further, beyond describing it as “kind of like a subpoena”. Verisign acquired the rights to run .web at an ICANN last-resort auction last July, agreeing to pay $135 million…

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  • Donuts loses $22.5m .web lawsuit as judge rules gTLD applicants cannot sue

    … The promise not to sue ICANN that all new gTLD applicants made when they applied is legally enforceable, a California judge has ruled. Judge Percy Anderson on Monday threw out Donuts’ lawsuit against ICANN over the controversial $135 million .web auction, saying the “covenant not to sue bars Plaintiff’s entire action”. He wrote that he “does…

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  • Verisign and Afilias in open war over $135m .web

    … for the auction and NDC commit to ask ICANN to transfer its .web Registry Agreement to Verisign. It’s not unlike the deal Donuts had with Rightside, covering over a hundred gTLD applications, Verisign says. The contract between NDC and Verisign did not assign to Verisign any rights in NDC’s application, nor did Verisign take any ownership…

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  • Could ICANN reject Verisign’s $135m .web bid?

    … is suing for $22.5 million, claiming ICANN should have forced Nu Dot Co to disclose that its .web bid was being secretly bankrolled by Verisign and alleging that the .com heavyweight used NDC as cover to avoid regulatory scrutiny. ICANN’s latest filing (pdf), made jointly with Donuts, asked for an extension to October 26 of ICANN’s deadline…

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  • Donuts rolls the dice with $22.5 million .web lawsuit

    … Donuts is demanding ICANN pay up the $22.5 million it reckons it is owed from the auction of the .web gTLD, which sold late last month for $135 million. The company yesterday amended its existing California lawsuit against ICANN to allege that Verisign tried to avoid regulatory scrutiny by secretly bankrolling successful bidder Nu Dot Co…

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  • Verisign likely $135 million winner of .web gTLD

    … must approve RA reassignments. We speculated on July 14 that Verisign would turn out to be NDC’s secret sugar daddy, which seems to have been correct. Rival .web applicant Donuts had sued ICANN for an emergency temporary restraining order, claiming it had not done enough to uncover the identity of NDC’s true backers, but was rebuffed on multiple…

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  • Donuts joins fight to delay .web gTLD auction with emergency appeal

    … Donuts and Radix have filed an “emergency” appeal with ICANN in an attempt to get the forthcoming auction for the .web gTLD delayed. The companies, both of which have applied for .web, say they have evidence that one of their rival bidders recently changed ownership without telling ICANN, in breach of application rules. They filed a Request…

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  • Is Verisign .web applicant’s secret sugar daddy?

    … The fiercely contested .web gTLD is being forced into a last-resort auction and some people seem to think a major registry player is behind it. Two .web applicants — Radix (pdf) and Schlund (pdf) — this week wrote to ICANN to demand that the .web auction, currently planned for July 27, be postponed. They said the sale should be delayed…

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