Yesterday we reported that Simon Property Group (SPG) sued domain name registrar BestRegistrar along with a few alleged resellers and its principals individually including a Jeff Smith to “recover control of approximately 5,000 Internet domain names rightfully owned by SPG, and to recover damages both compensatory and statutory in nature arising out of: (i) Defendants’ wrongful exercise of control over the 5,000 domain names and (ii) unlawful attempts to exact a “ransom” from SPG for the release of those Domain Names.”
Simon Property Group which operates under the domain name Simon.com, is one of the largest mall developer and operators in the United States.
Today we found out the Jeff S. Smith who is named in the lawsuit as a defendant personally is also the CEO and one of the two shareholders of Commercial Connect LLC which is an applicant for the new gTLD .Shop
Commercial Connect site for .Shop is located at dotShop.com
Commercial Connect also filed and lost 8 formal objections to other new gTLD applicants.
The allegations in the complaint we wrote about yesterday made by SPG against Mr. Smith Personally are pretty serious, including violation of the ACPA, breach of contract, Conversion, which is a fancy way of say theft; Fraud and Misrepresentation; Negligent Misrepresentation; Negligence, and conspiracy/aiding and abetting.
Of course the civil complaint that we wrote about yesterday are just allegations and we will have to see how the case plays out.
I have idea of what effect, if any, this case will have on Commercial Connect LLC application for .Shop, if the court finds in favor of the Plaintiff’s but I guess we will just have to see how that plays out as well.