Originally Posted by ryan1918
I beleive you can file a complaint with the icann.org I believe they would be the one that could help you there..
ICANN has no influence whatsoever over resellers
. In theory ICANN has the power to take action against registrars
, but in practice they always seem to choose not to get involved.
To answer the original question... I'm not aware of any registrars that have gone bust (they tend to get taken over by other registrars before that happens). If a reseller goes bust (which does seem to happen a fair bit) you should normally be able to go to the registrar direct. It won't necessarily be totally straightforward, but you should normally be able to take control of your domains in the end.
The one time I helped someone retrieve their domains from a non-functioning reseller I found that the registrar (Register.com) had a standard procedure for this - we had to open an account, then wait a set number of ways while Register.com made their own attempts to contact the reseller. Once Register.com was satisfied that the reseller really wasn't trading any more the domains got transferred to our account within a matter of days.