The U.S. Supreme Court this week denied an appeal in a long-running dispute over the sex.com Internet domain, writing what's likely to be the final legal chapter in the once high-profile case. The high court's one sentence order on Monday means appellant Stephen Cohen is on the hook for $65 million in damages for tricking domain registrar VeriSign into transferring the sex.com domain to him from Gary Kremen for five years.
The case was legally significant as one of the first to address the liability of domain registrars in mistaken domain transfers. Kremen had sought to hold domain registrar VeriSign partly responsible for Cohen's fraud, but that claim was tossed out by the trial judge in 2001, a ruling that was later affirmed by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The case was also notable for its color, with Kremen at one point offering a $50,000 bounty for Cohen's return to the U.S. after the defendant traveled to Mexico.