There is a proposed court order, still currently under consideration, to the effect that John Zuccarini’s remaining domain names will be sold at the TRAFFIC conference in Dublin taking place in October. The Zuccarini domain names would be sold to settle tax liens and a cybersquatting judgment against Zuccarini brought by Office Depot.
Apparently Zuccarini has contacted auction promoter Rick Latona and TRAFFIC organizers Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu, with threats of legal action if they proceed with auctioning off the remaining domain names.
In response to the letters, Henry M. Burgoyne of Kronenberger Burgoyne, LLP, filed an application of contempt of court (PDF – courtesy of DomainNameWire) by Zuccarini for allegedly interfering with the auction plans.
Burgoyne’s application reproduces communications from Zuccarini to Latona, Schwartz, and Neu threatening legal action if they proceed to auction the domains at TRAFFIC while there are ongoing legal disputes. The application covers this communication from Zuccarini to Neu over Neu’s previous representation of Zuccarini in the Office Depot lawsuit, Zuccarini’s letter reads;
“As you are aware, as you represented me when the Office Depot case was first filed in April 2000, and while your name is not present on the Pacer web site, you had make telephone contact with the attorney of record at that time for Office Depot in hopes of coming to a settlement, although that did not work out in the end.
You did as you may recall, as I checked the Pacer site today, on December 13, 2000 file an affidavit on my behave, although it was rejected by the Court, as you had forgotten to use lined numbered paper for the document. No doubt though that document is on file with the court.
In consideration of these circumstances, I believe it to be extremely unethical, for you to conduct and if not illegal, also completely unethical, for you to financially benefit from any auction of the domain names for the Office Depot case.”
Internet Lawyers should stay tuned to these interesting developments to see how the court handles this newest matter in the ongoing John Zuccarini cybersquatting disputes.
For more information on John Zuccarini, cybersquatting domain names, and some history of Zuccarini’s typosquatting domain names;