Domains Taken Away by Sealed Court Order – Get Yours Back

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It was reported on Mike Berkens blog that more than 5k domains were taken away by a sealed court order. That number later increased to approximately 9k when Phil of Whoisology investigated further. If some of Berkens domains weren’t taken, this whole thing might have flown under the radar. There have been some domains taken in error and the 3 of Mikes were among them. I haven’t seen either an official notice of the domain seizure or the remedy if yours was one taken in error. Thanks to TheDomains.com we do have the information. Thank you, Mike.

Mike says it best, I think, in this post he made on his own blog:

Why should a buyer in due course have to “discover” that a domain they owned has been transfered and how many are going to file a lawsuit to recover the domain, of course that appears what Bob and Plaintiff’s counsel is taking advantage of, why produce an accurate list of domain names when you can just get more domains by just not doing the work.

Its really about bringing these guys back in front of the federal judge and let the judge know that the list that was furnished under oath and as a officer of the court was inaccurate which resulted in the judge signing an order seizing property that did not belong to the debtor.

The judge will be less than thrilled

The seized domains show the following whois info as shown by Berkens:

Domain Name: RETRACTIT.COM
Registry Domain ID: 1872128460_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.uniregistrar.net
Registrar URL: http://uniregistry.com
Updated Date: 2014-10-01-T15:47:02Z
Creation Date: 2014-08-21-T18:30:14Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-08-21-T18:30:14Z
Registrar: UNIREGISTRAR CORP
Registrar IANA ID: 1659
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@uniregistry.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.9494785380
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID: UNIREGUVR6JSXRS
Registrant Name: COURT APPOINTED RECEIVER – ROBERT OLEA
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: P.O. BOX 935
Registrant City: DANA POINT
Registrant State/Province: CA
Registrant Postal Code: 92629
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.9498422143
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: BOB@DOMAINSALESPLUS.COM
Registry Admin ID: UNIREGUVR6JSXRS
Admin Name: COURT APPOINTED RECEIVER – ROBERT OLEA
Admin Organization:
Admin Street: P.O. BOX 935
Admin City: DANA POINT
Admin State/Province: CA
Admin Postal Code: 92629
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.9498422143
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax:
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: BOB@DOMAINSALESPLUS.COM
Registry Tech ID: UNIREGUVR6JSXRS
Tech Name: COURT APPOINTED RECEIVER – ROBERT OLEA
Tech Organization:
Tech Street: P.O. BOX 935
Tech City: DANA POINT
Tech State/Province: CA
Tech Postal Code: 92629
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.9498422143
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax:
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: BOB@DOMAINSALESPLUS.COM
Name Server: buy.internettraffic.com
Name Server: sell.internettraffic.com
DNSSEC: unsigned

So that’s all old news but what Mike did was call Bob Olea, who is a domainer and frequent conference attendee so he is known to many.

Although we weren’t privy to the entire conversation, Mike reported on DomainSherpa.com that Olea offered to return the domains to him. Berkens declined and opted for another course of action. Another reader of Mike’s blog who had wrongly lost a domain in the seizure, watched the show and also called Bob and asked for his name back and he reports it was promptly turned over to him:

neimad says

I called up Robert Olea on the phone this morning. He seems like a nice enough guy. He immediately offered to transfer my domain name back to me. I provided him with proof I owned the domain name, and he initiated the transfer and within minutes it was back in my possession in a uniregistry account which I am not attempting to transfer back to my original registrar.

Bob Olea seems like a nice guy, though I’m not really sure what the extent of his involvement is.

Someone got a judge to sign something forcing verisign to yank the domain names, and Bob Olea is welcoming people to contact him if they want their domain name(s) returned. If someone doesn’t contact him then it seems they are not likely to get their domain name back, and then I assume it will eventually be sold and the profit goes to Bob Olea and/or his associates?

It’s too confusing for me, so I got my domain name back and now I’m checking-out of this discussion.

One thing I have learned from this is that there are some shady dealings in the world of domain names.

I don’t know which is the best course of action. It depends on your personal circumstances. But I do think everyone should have access to the information that a phone call to Bob could get you your wrongly seized assets back.

 

2 Responses to Domains Taken Away by Sealed Court Order – Get Yours Back

  1. Chip says:

    That is great news Donna. Hope those affected take advantage.

  2. Ray says:

    Call me i have a domain that century 21 was suppose to renew yearly through network solutions they forgot it is now registered to someone in another country. 718-290-5689. Can you read a one page contract for me? I did everything right

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