A year ago, a man sued another for "hijacking" the sex.com domain name.
Apparently, the "hijacker" wrote a letter to domain registrar Verisign, claiming ownership of the domain, and without much investigation - apparently - Verisign went through with the transfer,
Plaintiff sued. Wins 60+ million. Defendant flees to Mexico.
Before the 9th Circuit appellate court is the question of whether one can present the tort of "conversion" in the context of a domain name, when "conversion" requires possession of a tangible object that is taken away.
As domain names are intangible, the element is not easily met.
The 9th circuit punted, requesting that the California Supreme Court make the decision.