Network Solutions monopoly case quashed

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A U.S. District Court Judge in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, affirmed Network Solutions as a domain name registry business by dismissing nine of 10 counts of the class action lawsuit filed by William Thomas, et al., against the National Science Foundation and Network Solutions.

Network Solutions CEO Gabe Battista hailed the decision as verifying the company's position as the exclusive registrar of domain names in .com, .net, .org and .edu.

Filed in October, the lawsuit named National Science Foundation and Network Solutions as defendants, alleging National Science Foundation lacked authority to permit Network Solutions to charge for Internet registration services. The suit also charged Network Solutions had an illegal monopoly.

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