Antitrust Advisory: VeriSign Still On the Hook for Antitrust Allegations


The sole operator of the .com and .net domain name registries‚ VeriSign‚ remains potentially liable for antitrust violations relating to its contracts with ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) for those registries. On June 5, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit against VeriSign in Coalition for ICANN Transparency, Inc. v. VeriSign, Inc., No.05-04826 (9th Cir. Jun. 5, 2009). This decision comes at a time when VeriSign continues to endure ongoing public scrutiny regarding its relationship with ICANN.

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