Politico published an extensive article about High Times, a long-established publication covering the marijuana industry, culture, and lifestyle. In the article, it was revealed that a lawsuit has been filed by Merlin Kauffman related to the 420.com domain name. Here’s an excerpt from the article that discussed the lawsuit:
“In January, Puerto Rico resident Merlin Kauffman sued High Times in federal court, alleging he had negotiated the purchase of the internet domain 420.com with Levin over WhatsApp. Kauffman wired the company more than $300,000, but the company has refused to turn over control of the domain, according to the complaint. High Times has denied wrongdoing, alleging that Kauffman wired the money before a final agreement had been reached and that it has offered to refund his payment. The case remains ongoing.”
Lawsuit docket tracking website CourtListener.com has the legal filings related to this case. From what I understand, the lawsuit alleges that entrepreneur and domain investor Merlin Kauffman had a deal to buy 420.com, but the defendant’s response (pdf) alleges “an agreement was never consummated.” According to the lawsuit filing (pdf), “Kauffman wired the agreed amount of $307,500.00 to the account of HIGH TIMES to purchase the disputed domain.” The alleged text conversation discussing the sale of the domain name was filed as Exhibit B (pdf).
Current Whois records show the 420.com domain name is registered to Trans High Corporation.
The ongoing breach of contract lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The lawsuit was filed against Trans High Corporation and High Times Holding Corporation.