More than likely this type of dispute would have to be settled in court.
A registrar is not going to hand over a domain without a court order or a UDRP ruling.
Even though the Whois information shows his name, address, telephone number and email address? What about domains that are stolen? Do they require a UDRP or court order to get them back? I thought the Whois information being as is was going to be his strongest argument. Shows what I know. This is why I have come here for advice. Thanks Brad.
Take a screen shot of the Whois, save it, and print it out. If you go to court, this could be valuable evidence.
Well, it depends. Normally a registrar is not going to turn over a domain unless there was clear evidence it was stolen.
It is a case by case basis as far as this stuff goes.
Your best bet is to consult someone who specializes in domain law.
You might try small claims court first. Chances are, the squatter won't even show up...
I thought that also, but will a small claims court order be enough to compel the registrar to transfer the domain?..
Not only should your brother-in-law take this person to court, but he should also file a complaint with the better business bureau, post a complaint on RipOffReport.com and make this guy's information public and known so that he doesn't do this to other customers in the future. Maybe a bit of Internet justice will change his mind.
If that doesn't work, apply baseball bat to kneecap, repeat if necessary...
Do not waste your time with WIPO..
Here's the rub in this case. Believe it or not, since the registrant information is that of your brother in law, WIPO will not process the case in your favor as the proper Respondent is also the Complainant!.
Forget small claims too... since he is an attorney, he should just file a civil case in Federal court and get it done with...
We could have a case of identity theft, which is a federal offense..
Archive the current whois if you haven't already...