Case Denied Appeal Again

from the but-payment-is-lacking dept

Could it really be that the infamous court case is finally over? We've been following the case since 1999, but it really started a decade ago when Stephen Cohen forged documents to have the domain transferred to him. That set off quite the legal saga, eventually leading to the domain being transferred back to its original owner, Gary Kremen, along with a ruling that Cohen owed Kremen $65 million. That's when things started to get more bizarre. Cohen high-tailed it to Mexico, and started a series of odd appeals, including one where he claimed that the ruling was unconstitutional, since it would effectively make him a slave to Kremen. He also claimed that he trademarked in 1979, which no one seems to buy. The Court of Appeals has now turned down his latest appeal, and it's likely his decision to leave the country didn't help matters. In the meantime, Kremen went on to successfully sue Network Solutions for handing over the domain name in the first place, so he's made some cash out of the ordeal. Still, the case might not really be over yet, as Cohen plans to appeal again to the Supreme Court -- though, it seems exceedingly unlikely that they'll agree to hear this case.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Discord

Introducing the new Techdirt Insider Chat, now hosted on Discord. If you are an Insider with a membership that includes the chat feature and have not yet been invited to join us on Discord, please reach out here.

Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.