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Libya is used to playing defense in U.S. courts, whether it’s lawsuits over its involvement in the downing of the Lockerbie flight or other terrorism-related claims. But since the Bush administration restored diplomatic relations with this North African country of almost 6 million in May, it has become a plaintiff. Exhibit A: a Nov. 30 lawsuit Libya’s attorney J.P. Szymkowicz filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arab American Chamber of Commerce member Ahmad Miski. In that case, Libya claims Miski’s domain names (including libyaembassy.org, libyaembassy.com, embassyoflibya.org, and libyanembassy.com), which advertise visa services for Libya, are trademark violations. In August, Libya filed a claim against the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority demanding that it restore water service at the country’s Northwest D.C. embassy. Miski declined to comment. Szymkowicz says his client won’t be holding back when it thinks it has a claim. “Libya is entitled to enforce its rights,” he says.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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