Judge dismisses registry change lawsuit.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit Verisign filed against .XYZ and CentralNic.
Verisign sued the companies after two of Verisign’s clients sold their top level domain names to .XYZ and switched to CentralNic for registry services.
.XYZ acquired .Theatre, .Protection and .Security. The original applicants for these domain names had contracted with Verisign to run them. Once .XYZ bought the names; it wanted to move the names to CentralNic since the company already handles its other TLDs.
Verisign initially sued .Theatre applicant Key Brand Entertainment for the backend switch. Once it found out .XYZ and Negari, whom Verisign was already in a lawsuit with, were involved, it dropped that suit and sued XYZ and CentralNic instead.
The judge dismissed the suit against CentralNic for lack of jurisdiction. He dismissed the case against .XYZ because Verisign didn’t sufficiently allege a case of business conspiracy.
The judge’s decision is available here (pdf).