Thought I'd tell you about a deal I've been working on for ages that has gone tits-up and would be interested to know what you think about it. I found an undeveloped .com name that would be a perfect brand for my regular business. Contacted the owner and was told of an ongoing deal via their lawyers, coincidentally an outfit that I have sold through in the past. Drat. Anyway, negotiated over the next month and finally agreed a sale for mid £xx,xxx - expensive but worth it, I thought. Asked the guy about the backstory and his ownership, all seemed good - he purchased it from a former employer. After going into escrow I request full details of how he got the name - not a problem that he's making a good profit on the sale, I just wanted to thoroughly check his entitlement with such a large transaction. Eventually it comes out that he was employed in the IT dept of this company, they had a couple of rounds of acquisitions and forgot about the domain! He just kept renewing it and now assumes it is his. Gaaaaahhhhhhrrrrgh!! The acquisitions were 10 years ago, they probably don't care about the domain but I can't buy it as he has no real entitlement and they could reasonably come knocking for it. What a huge pain in the arse. I'm going to abandon this one and rollback the escrow - but am interested to know what you lot would do in that situation. P.