Earlier this year we noted that Network Solutions is “front running” domain names—that is, automatically purchasing domain names that customers search for and holding them for four days before releasing them again. During that period, the only way customers can buy the domain names is through Network Solutions for 3 to 5 times more than what you can pay elsewhere. Now “search engine expert” Chris McElroy has filed suit against them, named ICANN as a defendant, and is seeking class action status.
If you don’t immediately buy a domain you lookup through Network Solutions, they will hold it hostage for four days at a price $25 more than what you normally would have paid. [DomainToolsBlog]