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VeriSign dealt another legal blow in Icann suit

VeriSign has lost another round in its battle against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) when a US federal judge dismissed the company's antitrust claims, filed in an amended complaint.

The decision, made in the US District Court for the Central District of California, is the second setback for VeriSign in its attempt to prove that Icann has overstepped its bounds as the internet's technical coordinating body. In May, the same court dismissed VeriSign's original antitrust complaint.

VeriSign, which manages the .com and .net domain names, filed its initial suit against Icann in February, claiming the group had acted outside its charter by delaying the introduction of new VeriSign services, such as the company's Site Finder service which redirects requests for nonexistent web addresses.

In addition to accusing Icann of being a de facto regulator of the domain name system, the company also alleged breach of contract, seeking unspecified damages.

After the original antitrust claims were dismissed, VeriSign filed an amended complaint in June alleging, among other claims, that Icann's processes were being controlled by the VeriSign's competitors.

Following a hearing, federal judge Howard Matz dismissed the antitrust claims in the amended complaint. However, VeriSign can still refile its breach of contract claims against Icann in state court.

Icann lauded the court decision, saying that the ruling affirmed Icann's structure and showed that it was not subject to capture by any commercial interest.

Scarlet Pruitt writes for IDG News Service 


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