I just recently read a case that is currently being disputed in court. The claim? The complainant, TCR Business Systems, asserts that the Respondent (a former employee) registered a domain (under their direction) and the respondent is now claiming ownership of that domain. The problem? TCR says that the respondent was told to register the domain, the name is trademarked and therefore, it is legally theirs but is it? It will be interesting to see how this case plays out. I hear about issues like this all time. This usually happens by disgruntled ex-employees, or design firms that have registered a domain on behalf of the business they are designing a website for.
What lesson can we learn from this?
NEVER, EVER let an employee, firm, or anyone other than yourself, register a domain name. It is all too easy for a web designer, IT tech, admin, design firm, etc. to register a domain on your behalf and then simply claim ownership. If that person is ever let go or quits, they could easily take the domain with them, leaving a big (expensive) legal mess for you.
You can read over the case here…