Timeline

Here is an event timeline covering the Sex.com case and the main biographical details of its two proponents, Gary Kremen and Stephen Cohen. There is also a precise legal timeline but, be warned, it's not for the faint-hearted.


 
1948
23 Feb: Stephen Cohen born
20 Sep: Gary Kremen born
1963
 
 
1974
In court for fraud. Twice.
 
1977
In court for false impersonation and grand theft. Marries.
 
1978
In court for fraud. Fined $1,000
 
1983
Divorces first wife
 
1984
Divorces second wife
Graduates from Northwestern University with degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
1985
       
 
1988
Opens sex club in LA
MBA from Stanford University
1989
 
1989
Sued by Microsoft and others for illegal software sharing
 
1990
In court for fraudulent bankruptcy. Marries for the third time
 
1991
In court for sex club. Cleared.


 
1992
Convicted for bankruptcy fraud, false statements and obstruction of justice. Given 46 months.

Third wife files for divorce.
9 May: Registers Sex.com

Starts Match.com
1994
 
 
1995
1 Feb: Released from jail

18 Oct: Steals Sex.com

15 Nov: Calls Kremen, pretending to be from the trademark office


19 Jun: Receives copy of Cohen's forged letter to NSI


1996
       
25 Aug: Match.com sold

21 Nov: Sends NSI proof letter is a forgery


1997
  1997 18 Nov: Marries for the fourth time.
17 Mar: NSI refuses outright to hand over Sex.com

9 Jul:
Files lawsuit against Cohen


9 Apr: Opposes Sex.com trademark

16 Oct: Files First Amended Complaint
1998
 
1998

 
13 Nov: Files motion to dismiss


26 Apr: Files Second Amended Complaint
1999
 
1999
17 May: Files motion to dismiss

14 Jun: Releases false press release offering $3 billion for Caesar's Palace
8 Oct : Receives $3 million from dotcom boom share sale

12 Oct: Files Third Amended Complaint
           
            29 Nov: Files motion to dismiss


8 May: NSI removed from lawsuit

[press coverage]
2000
 
2000
15 Feb: Sues Carreon (Kremen's lawyer) and Kremen for defamation


11 July 2000

Kremen and Cohen meet for the first time


12 Sep:
Files Fourth Amended Complaint
           
            27 Sep: Files motion to dismiss

4 Oct:
Steals own bank documents.

Oct-Nov: Flees over Mexican border to Tijuana.




27 Nov 2000

Sex.com handed back to Kremen

[press coverage]

             
 
2001
  2001 7 Feb: Ordered to attend court

2 Mar: Held in comtempt

[press coverage]


3 April 2001


Judge awards Kremen $65m

[press coverage]



            1 May: Appeals decision

14 May: Made fugitive from justice

29 May: Ordered to appear in court a second time
31 May: Posts $50,000 reward for Cohen on Sex.com

[press coverage]

26 Jun: Withdraws reward after claimed shoot-up in Tijuana


           
 
2002
 
2002





30 August 2002

Court of Appeals dismisses Cohen appeal

           


 
2003
 
2003
2 Apr: Appeals to Supreme Court


9 June 2003

Supreme Court rejects appeal



25 Jul:
Appeal Court finds NSI guilty of wrongly handing over Sex.com

[press coverage]




           
21 Apr: NSI settles out of court

[press coverage]
2004
  2004 6 May: Divorces fourth wife


        2005 24 Jun: Daughter Jhuliana arrested for smuggling

27 Oct: Arrested in Tijuana. Handed over to US marshals

[press coverage]

14 Nov: Appears in front of Judge Ware. Ordered to tell Kremen location of assets.
19 Jan : Sells Sex.com for $14 million

[press coverage]
2006
       
 
5 Dec: Cohen released from jail, ordered to return on 26 February 2007.