Porsche.me and the friends
One can tell that Georg Kohler of Brazil based Minas Invest Private Holding had a bad year. In 2008 he purchased during the land rush auctions several pricey domains, including toyota.me (acquired for the record price of $90,124.98 after 110 bids), skoda.me (acquired for $20,109.98 after 76 bids), porsche.me (acquired for $7,604.98 after 23 bids), mitsubishi.me (acquired for $6,624.98 after 115 bids), bentley.me (acquired for $174.98), and few others.
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche, the owner of world famous car brand "Porsche", filed a case with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre on August 14, 2008.
On October 24, 2008, the sole panelist Alistair Payne took the decision: the domain name to be transferred to the complainant.
This has followed other two cases both ending with "transfer" decisions.
The first case was creditmutuel.me (registered by Epsilon Production Worldwide on the second day of Go Live phase, i.e., July 18, 2008 at nominal cost of $39.98) decided on October 1, 2008. The respondent did not reply to the complainant’s contentions and just let the domain vanish.
The other was exxonmobil.me (registered by Robert Christian from Florida during the land rush period for the nominal price of $99.98). Mr Christian confessed to "bad faith" intentions and the case was concluded on October 2, 2008.
Porsche.me is now with Mr. Porsche. The company has no plans to develop it for the moment, so the site is down. The fate of exxonmobil.me is similar. Only creditmutuel.me was "lucky" to be parked on a side server.
As to toyota.me, it is still with Georg Kohler, although he is now probably less entusiastic about it. He wished he bought legal.me but ended up with illegal.me as the matter of fact.