ENS Labs considers $300,000 settlement offer in Eth.link domain dispute


  • ENS Labs got a $300,000 settlement offer from Manifold Finance for the eth.link dispute.
  • The settlement involves confidentiality agreements after the domain was sold from ENS Labs.
  • The ENS DAO is weighing options: accept the settlement, negotiate, continue litigation, or face domain loss, and is also considering reimbursing $750,000 in legal fees.

The legal battle over the eth.link domain name has taken a new turn, with ENS Labs receiving a settlement offer from Manifold Finance. This dispute, which has unfolded since August 2022, has seen the involvement of multiple parties, including domain registrars, and has now reached a critical juncture with a proposed resolution on the table.

The settlement proposal

Manifold Finance has put forward a settlement demanding $300,000 from ENS Labs, alongside additional terms including “confidentiality and non-disparagement agreements.” The dispute originated when the eth.link domain, crucial for the Ethereum community’s access to ENS names via web browsers, was transferred and sold from ENS Labs’ control. Nick Johnson, the founder of ENS, disclosed the details of the settlement, highlighting the ongoing legal complexities since the domain’s unexpected transfer and sale by GoDaddy and subsequent auction by Dynadot to Manifold Finance.

The legal tussle saw a significant development with a preliminary injunction from a federal district court in Phoenix, Arizona, which mandated the return of the domain to ENS Labs. However, as Johnson pointed out, this injunction did not resolve the case but merely preserved ENS Labs’ claim to the domain during the legal proceedings.

Deliberation and DAO involvement

The resolution of this dispute now lies in the hands of the ENS community, particularly its decentralized autonomous organization (DAO). The DAO is considering various pathways forward, including accepting the settlement, negotiating a compromise, continuing with litigation, or dismissing the case, which could result in losing control over the eth.link domain. This situation underscores the unique challenges and decision-making processes within decentralized organizations, especially when faced with legal disputes.

In addition to the settlement decision, the ENS community is also contemplating a vote to reimburse legal fees incurred throughout this dispute, which have amounted to $750,000. This decision underscores the financial toll of the legal battle on ENS Labs and highlights the broader implications of blockchain-related disputes on community resources.

The eth.link domain dispute and the proposed settlement offer from Manifold Finance bring to light the intricate legal and operational challenges faced by entities operating in the blockchain space. 

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Damilola Lawrence

Damilola is a crypto enthusiast, content writer, and journalist. When he is not writing, he spends most of his time reading and keeping tabs on exciting projects in the blockchain space. He also studies the ramifications of Web3 and blockchain development to have a stake in the future economy.

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