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Jay Westerdal  has set up a new website at niholdings.com to post developments as they happen in the ongoing high profile lawsuit filed by Thought Convergence against Westerdal 

and other shareholders in his former company, Name Intelligence, Inc. The site includes a timeline of events since Thought Convergence agreed to buy Name Intelligence (parent company of DomainTools.com and the Domain Roundtable conference, among other enterprises) in May of 2008 for $16 million. The relationship eventually went sour with Thought Convergence firing Westerdal and filing the lawsuit in a California federal court. Westerdal's site also has links to various news reports covering the dispute.  

Westerdal said "This website serves to answer questions and will be updated frequently. Sort of a no spin zone because we will only quote public domain documents." A notice on the site says "We  

Jay Westerdal

have been flooded by emails and questions about what is going on with our company. So we thought we would set the record straight and post links to all articles related to the the case and let people make up their own mind. We would like to share with the world what is going on and help people understand the matter from Name Intelligence, Inc. point of view. We will not be allowed to share information unless it is public. Likewise, false allegation or pure lies will be responded to legally first. We are deeply sorry we can't just respond to false statements but this has to be done legally. Once the documents are in the public domain with our answers we will post them or quote them. All information found on this website is already in the public domain."

I am on my way to Amsterdam for the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ccTLDs conference that gets underway Monday at the NH Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel. The show runs through Thursday when it concludes with RickLatona.com's live domain auction and the official show party hosted by Parked.com. I will be speaking in the first seminar after lunch on Thursday and am looking forward to meeting many European domainers for the first time at this event.

Starting on Monday I will be posting daily updates from Amsterdam to fill you in on what is happening at the conference.  As always, we will also put together a comprehensive show review article for publication soon after the show ends.

(Posted May 29, 2009)

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