ICANN pulls Registerfly's licence

 

Messy break-up brings down domain registration firm.

The Internet Corporate for Assigned Names and Numbers has terminated the Registrar Accreditation agreement for RegisterFly.com. The firm lets individuals and companies register .com, .net and other internet domains.

"ICANN has been frustrated and distressed by recent management confusion inside Registerfly," said ICANN's chief executive Paul Twomey.

Customer service at the company has nosedived as a result management struggle between the company's chief executive John Naruzewicz and his former life partner.

In February John Naruzewicz fired the company's chief executive and co-founder Kevin Medina, alleging that he stole company resources to support his lavish lifestyle.

The struggle has caused disruptions in RegisterFly's service to customers, prompting ICANN to start an inquiry on 21 February that could result in termination of the agreement. Medina in a court filing said that such a move would comprise a "devastating [if not death] blow."

Medina fought back. At a court hearing on 9 March he reclaimed the top management position and was determined to be the sole proprietor of the business. He also accused his co-founder of destroying the US$8m company that claims to be the 15th largest domain registrar in the US.

Court documents in case read like a television soap opera with lawyers and former lovers defrauding their opponents out of their legal properties.

Medina portrays Naruzewicz as a person with a "tenth grade education and few technical skills" who has an "inability to deal with customers" and who squandered company funds on US$60,000 Morrocan furniture and down payments on a Florida home.

Naruzewicz accuses his former lover of using company funds to pay for a US$10,000 Miami penthouse a US$6,000 liposuction and US$27,000 to pay for "personal escort".

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


ICANN pulls Registerfly's licence
 
 
 
Top Stories
Meet FABACUS, Westpac's first computer
GE225 operators celebrate gold anniversary.
 
NSW Govt gets ready to throw out the floppy disks
[Opinion] Dominic Perrottet says its time for government to catch up.
 
iiNet facing new copyright battle with Hollywood
Fighting to protect customer details.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
In which area is your IT shop hiring the most staff?




   |   View results
IT security and risk
  26%
 
Sourcing and strategy
  12%
 
IT infrastructure (servers, storage, networking)
  21%
 
End user computing (desktops, mobiles, apps)
  15%
 
Software development
  26%
TOTAL VOTES: 337

Vote
Would your InfoSec team be prepared to share threat data with the Australian Government?

   |   View results
Yes
  57%
 
No
  43%
TOTAL VOTES: 140

Vote