According to a Press Release by Manwin Licensing International, they filed an amended complaint in its lawsuit for antitrust violations against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and ICM Registry (ICM).
In the PR Manwin says that the amended complaint drops two related state law claims against ICM and ICANN.
“While Manwin believes that it would have prevailed on the two state law claims, those claims involved procedural peculiarities of California law that posed risks of potential trial delay. Manwin is anxious to have its day in court and did not want any such delay.”
“The filing of an amended complaint in our antitrust case was required to avoid unnecessary procedural delays by ICM and ICANN,” said Kevin E. Gaut, counsel for Manwin and partner with Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. “It also reinforces the fact that both ICANN and ICM both knew that the terms of the .XXX registry contract would permit ICM to charge supra-competitive prices and prevent competitors from entering the market. We are still pursuing all of the remedies filed in the original complaint.”
The last sentence of the PR certainly doesn’t match the the sentiment in Manwin’s Court filings on Valentines Day that expressed that settlement talks were underway and that “” The parties believe that additional time would potentially allow the parties to resolve all or some portion of their dispute”
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As always we will keep you updated.