First reported by Domain Name Wire, Automattic has won their Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) case against Chris Pearson. UDRP requests are a process established by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for the resolution of disputes regarding the registration of internet domain names. Automattic Wins According to findings by the UDRP panel, in late 2014, a third-party who owned approached Automattic and Pearson to see if they were interested in buying the domain. Automattic won the domain by bidding $100K. Soon after winning the domain, Pearson filed a UDRP request with ICANN seeking relief requesting that the domain name be transferred from Automattic to himself. In June 2015, a three-member panel was appointed to review the case. According to rule number five set forth by ICANN for the UDRP process, Respondents have 20 days to respond to the Provider. If a Respondent does not submit a response, in the absence of exceptional circumstances, the Panel decides the dispute based upon the complaint. In a controversial move, the Panel accepted and reviewed Automattic’s late response. The Panel notes that Respondent failed
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