In a ruling released Thursday, a federal court in Los Angeles dismissed Wait-Listing Service, to online security company VeriSign. The plaintiffs claimed that ICANN breached its obligations because many other parties had objected to its proposal.that alleged the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) had engaged in anticompetitive practices. The charges were filed after ICANN said it would hand over the management of expired domain names ending in .com and .net, called the
The court ruled, however, that the wait-list change would not harm competition or the public trust.
"Accordingly, it appears that the implementation of WLS has the potential to benefit registries, registrars who do not currently offer wait-listing services, and most importantly the public," the ruling read.
ICANN's decision to hand over the WLS to VeriSign launched a debate that expanded beyond the court room. In June, two members of the House of Representatives introduced a.
VeriSign, which has a government-granted monopoly as the main database administrator for .com and .net domain names and addresses, recently has been sparring with ICANN over the company's controversial "Site Finder" service, whichand forwarded it to VeriSign's own servers. The service is now at least temporarily on hold.
CNET News.com's Declan McCullagh contributed to this report.