Can a federal judge put what he calls a “vexatious litigant” into receivership after the litigant allegedly fails to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees to more than 20 lawyers and law firms? That is one of the questions the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considering in an appeal brought by a businessman and his company.

On May 28, 2009, Netsphere filed its original complaint in Netsphere, et al. v. Jeffrey Baron and Ondova Limited Co. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Netsphere sued Baron and his company, Ondova Limited — a licensed bulk domain name registrar — to enforce the confidential settlement of a state court business dispute between them.

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