Back in April, I wrote this article that outlined how Affirm Inc. (US company since 2012 with 1200 employees and generate over $600 million in annual revenue), decided that they deserved the highly generic Australian domain name Affirm.com.au for themselves, FOR NO COMPENSATION, instead of the existing owner, who had legitimately owned it for 15 years.
My domain brokerage firm DBR.com.au has been managing and representing the domain name for the last few years.
DLA Piper (Affirm Inc‘s law firm in this case) sent through a low-ball offer to purchase the domain and a letter threatening to effectively have the domain name confiscated from my client, if they didn’t accept to low-ball offer.
I publicly stated in my previous article that I phoned DLA Piper at the time and told them, “If you file an auDRP, you will lose and waste your client’s money!”
Affirm Inc. and DLA Piper chose to go ahead and file an auDRP with WIPO.
I defended the auDRP on behalf of my client.
Today, I’m happy to report that my client’s domain name is safe.
Today, I received an email from WIPO stating;
The Administrative Panel’s finding is as follows;
“the Complaint is denied and the Panel makes a finding of reverse domain name hijacking against the Complainant“.