Oliver Hoger filed a court injunction against Konstantinos Zournas and OnlineDomain.com

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Oliver Hoger filed an injunction against Konstantinos Zournas and OnlineDomain.com in a Greek court.

The injunction (I am not exactly sure what this procedure is called in foreign courts or if there an exact equivalent as I am trying to translate from Greek law terminology. “Summary procedure” is probably another term for it.) was filed last month and there was a court hearing a few days later.

Oliver Hoger claimed in his injunction that my post on April 10, 2018 “Namejet domain name auction front running continues. This time with an Oliver Hoger owned domain.” was completely not true and had slanderous claims. He claimed that he never made any bids on his own domain name auctions. He also said that because of his business activity he is harmed by this post because it affects his honor and integrity as an entrepreneur.

Oliver Hoger asked the court to accept his injunction and to order a protection of his personal rights. He also asked that I defer from posting in the future any slanderous or insulting claims about him.

I see this as a direct attempt to limit freedom of speech. These attempts against freedom of speech should NEVER go unanswered. So I had my lawyer to prepare a 22-page document supporting freedom of speech and, in short, presenting the truth.

My original post, that Oliver Hoger complaints about, was mainly about front-running at Namejet by some people from India while the part about Oliver Hoger was only 5-6 lines. All I did is mention the truth: “[…] OLIVER HOGER that was involved in the Namejet shill bidding scandal. Oliver was caught bidding on his own domain names on Namejet.”.

The truth is supported by statements by Oliver Hoger himself on NamePros.com here, here and here.

Here are 2 small parts of Oliver Hoger’s statements on the NamePros.com forum thread called “Bidding on your own names at NameJet…?“:

  • “I won allot of domains and a few of mine so this got closed down months ago already due to this.. Im trying to fix to be able to exclude all my domains.”
  • “I won allot of good deals then ran to wining about 4 of my domains and it go closed down due to this. I was bidding on ALL LLL.com and ALL short names”

Yes, we wrote 22 pages supporting the obvious truth and our freedom of speech rights. This has been a crazy ride. I am trying to explain the obvious here. Oliver Hoger claims that what he said himself is slander when I say he said it!

Here is a small part from our court submitted document translated from Greek to English:

[…] However, the applicant does not have a different view, since he can not challenge his publicly acknowledged facts. Thus, instead of explaining to the public why he is bothered by what I have mentioned, he chose to bring the present proceedings for interim measures. His purpose is for me not to publish anything about him, trying to cause to me a deterrent effect, (a chilling effect, according to the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights), so as not to write anything about him again. However, the choice of a court injunction to cause a chilling effect, i.e. preventative censorship, is an option prohibited by Article 14 (3) of the Constitution and Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights. Therefore, his request that I be obliged not to write anything that insults him in the future, apart from being totally vague, is additionally abusive as is the whole of the present application, in the light of the applicant’s choice of giving his own view, which he did not prefer, deciding to cause me a chilling effect. However, in these circumstances, the conduct of the applicant means that the purpose of the proceeding for interim relief, and its conversion into a censorship, contrary to the Constitution and the ECHR, has been distorted, which is why the present application must be rejected. […]

We have asked the judge to reject Oliver Hoger’s injunction in its entirety.

The court decision is expected any day now.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He loves domains and building websites. He is online since 1995, learned about html in 1996 and got into domains in 2002. He started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

12 comments

  1. Just so we are clear, Oliver Hoger damaged his own reputation by posting that he bids on his own auctions and discusses that he has not been booted off or banned by NameJet.

    Yet now he is complaining not that you repeated someone else’s defamation of his character, but his own.

    If you lose then I would appeal.

    It is not as if the forum had a duty of confidentiality, there might have been a reasonable expectation of privacy if he had confided in say a lawyer.

    When will people understand, the internet is a publishing platform, whether you use a webpage, a forum, social media or a bespoke site, you are publishing.

    As he is the first person to publish and confirms the admission that he bids on his own domains, that he alleges damages his reputation, it is all his fault and he can’t hold someone else responsible for repeating it.

    It is not slander if it is true and there is no case for defamation.

    Case Dismissed, costs awarded to defendant

  2. If this is accurate and true (just saying that for good measure), then in my experience this is exactly how scumbag sociopaths operate. I have a lot of experience dealing with corruption. I hope you are able to win some kind of counter suit.

    “I see this as a direct attempt to limit freedom of speech…”

    Hey K., you wanna see attacks and limits on freedom of speech? You should come visit my country, the great US of A. Censorship and suppression of free speech is all the rage now, with no let up in sight. 🙂

  3. This is totally “BullS” sh*&^it

    The Ugly American at it worst!! Self righteous…

  4. These people work out of regions that are safe havens for some of the worlds biggest criminals, they do not even have a home base, then they try to run to foreign courts to try to protect their ways.

    I remember the sermon about why it is ok to bid on your own auctions very well, even to this day it doesn’t make sense.

  5. Oliver, you are a disgrace to the industry. This legal threat move is out of your friend Rosener’s book. Did you two discuss this and he said yeah you should definitely do it man!! There are a few of you who believe strongarming others will help you win but the truth will prevail. Shame on you for using threat of legal monetary costs as a weapon of attacking others.
    p.s. you should go now and bid at your friends auction at namejet! You are now the frontrunner at the ALP.com bidding but not much left until the reserve. You will obviously stop before that.

  6. I bet he’s a Trump supporter.

  7. Well! It is not possible to have your cake at eating it. It is even better for Oliver Hoger to withdraw the case before it boomerang on him.

  8. The names of these so called Indians who are involved in bringing disrepute to domain community should also be exposed.
    As a Proud Indian , I do not support this unethical and malpractices of these thugs from India.
    Honest Indian domainers do not support these thug indians.
    they are not domainers just some frauds who should be punished.

  9. Looks like hes bidding on his buddy Andrews name over at NJ.

    Alp.com

    The Gibraltar connection.

  10. This reminds me of the movie RUNNER RUNNER these guys move from Panama, and these other tax haven, and criminally funded countries doing their bidding. Somewhat decent movie worth a watch. What’s wrong with Panama, everything moved over to Gibraltar, the EU tax dodgers paradise. Who funds these guys, and their bids? If you start digging, I bet you the court orders will stop, they don’t want you to know who their backers are, or where the money comes from.

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