Saturday, September 19, 2009

Kentucky Fried Domain Name Dispute

The State of Kentucky is still apparently vigourously pursuing its attempt to seize the domain names of various out of state internet casino operators. I was stunned to see that the Governor had actually retained private attorneys on a contingency fee basis to pursue the claim, thereby avoiding paying legal fees out of government coffers. This type of manoeuvre inserts a rare dynamic into government cases, as the private lawyers will have a degree of zeal that one normally wouldnt encounter because the case does not involve state-employed attorneys who are merely attempting to represent the government's interests. Now law firm's interests are paramount. That means money is driving this case. Scary stuff in domain name law...

2 comments:

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Viqi said...

I fail to see the motive of the governor spending his own money on a case that he would likely loose.