How to get control of domain name

I am trying to help a company get control of their domain name. They had a company register it for them and he set himself as the owner. Now, his phone numbers are out of service and he does not respond to any emails. Is there a way to take ownership of the site?
Robcarter10Asked:
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chuck-williamsCommented:
Sounds more like a legal issue. See if this article points you in the right direction.

http://www.out-law.com/page-5700
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
I don't believe so.   If ownership is registered to someone else, i think  your client needs to go to court.  

FYI (check out the "Legal Remedies" section, the whole page is useful info),
http://www.bitlaw.com/internet/domain.html
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Chris StanyonWebDevCommented:
It depends on the top level domain. For example, in the UK, you can appeal to an organisation called Nominet - they are a non-profit organisation responsible for all .uk domains. If you can prove you have a legal right to it, such as a copy of a paid invoice then they will transfer the domain to you.

Different top-level domain will be managed slightly differently.
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Robcarter10Author Commented:
This site is a .com . Is there a dispute process outside of going to court that could transfer the domain if they had proof they paid him for it?
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Chris StanyonWebDevCommented:
If you do a whois on the domain name, you'll be able to find out who the registrar is. That will be the company that handles the domain. They may have their own internal process for handling disputes - contact them and explain the situation. You may have to send them a copy of the invoice. It may also make it easier if it's obvious you have a claim to the domain - i.e  the domain name matches your legally registered company name.
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
Chris is right.  This shouldn't be impossible.

In the US, if the current registrant/contacts are completely unresponsive and your client can prove they are the company the domain was registered for (articles of incorporation, tax returns, etc) then you should be able to get the domain name registrar to switch one of the contacts over to your client and from there they can access the domain and move it.

This usually involves getting to the second level of support at the domain name registrar but it's not that uncommon and all registrars should have a process and policy in place for dealing with this. I last had to do this several years ago after the previous registrant died and was kind of unresponsive to calls and requests as a result.  Took a few weeks, but it was do-able.
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