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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

ICM's claims against Manwin thrown out of court

ICM Registry has suffered a blow in its ongoing lawsuit with Manwin, with a judge dismissing all of the Dotxxx registry's counterclaims against Manwin.

ICM Registry was sued by Manwin on antitrust grounds in late 2011, but returned fire last October with is own set of allegations, which also included claims that Manwin's boycott of the dotxxx tld was anti-competitive.

But the judge in the case, Philip Gutierrez, on Tuesday granted Manwin's motion to dismiss all of ICM Registry's claims. Gutierrez ruled that ICM had failed to argue it had standing to complain under competition law. He also granted Manwin's motion to strike ICM Registry's claims under California's anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) laws, which are designed to protect free speech.

The judge decided that Manwin's boycott of .xxx was protected under the anti-SLAPP statute.