Basically here's the story, a client of mine has taken over a hotel that went into receivership and they're relaunching soon. I've been designing a new website for them but the previous owner has still got the old website live and has posted on it that the hotel is closed for business and is not expected to re open again.
We've spoken with the previous owner who has no interest in selling on the domain name to us and has actually threatened to try mess with the new site (obviously by posting false information on the old hotel website)
So they're not willing to sell on the domain name to us, where do we stand from a legal point of view with this? Are we entitled to the domain name, firstly because it's part of the hotel business which he no longer owns. Secondly it's now falsely advertising that the hotel is closed and thirdly because the domain name is actually the name of the hotel?
I'd appreciate any input you guys may have on this