.la Registrar sold me domain names that were "technically already reserved"
However, some of the domains didn't work when I tried to forward them to URLs at my site. I sent an email to dreamhost, and I've now been informed that they "had a problem with our registration system on the 13th and 14th, and the http://www.la/ was erroneously giving out some domains that were technically already reserved..."
Three of the domains I registered work as expected; the five ones that don't work are:
The price for the first four was $50/year, the price for run.la was marked as "premium" at $100/year.
They inform me that they've refunded my money for those domains ($300), and are giving me an additional $50 credit. However, I had already started work on run.la, which I think would have been quite a popular site. I was looking forward to placing a personals service at meet.la, and various other services at the other domains.
Has anyone else had something like this happen to them?