Domain Registrar Hijinks Dont Fly
ICANN and RegisterFly are named in a class-action lawsuit; voting machine maker Diebold files a sour-grapes suit against Massachusetts.Come fly with me, lets fly, lets fly away," crooned old Blue Eyes, Sinatra-like, when he heard that a class-action lawsuit has been filed against domain registrar and hosting service RegisterFly.com. ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has also been named in the suit for its alleged "breach of duty" for allowing RegisterFly to remain an accredited domain registrar, despite numerous complaints about the companys services. Spence called a Web-spert pal who told him that RegisterFly has had myriad complaints over the last two years ranging from system troubles, withholding domain names, losing registrations, ignoring transfers and renewals, and allegedly misusing company funds. A feud between RegisterFly founders Kevin Medina and John Naruszewicz has reportedly led to an internal struggle for control of the company and legal finger-pointing. Court documents allege that Medina misappropriated customers registration fee funds to pay for escort services, liposuction, a Miami penthouse and a costly pet Chihuahua.
Medina has countered that Naruszewicz used company cash toward a home and pricey furnishings. Sadly, thousands of customers have been denied access to or lost their domain names completely because of RegisterFlys hijinks, said the pal. The pal joked that even the companys New Jersey headquarters are listed as being on the fourth floor of what is actually a three-story building.