Implied antitrust immunity applies to Network Solutions Inc. under the cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held Jan. 20, affirming the district court’s grant of summary judgment for the defendants (Name.Space Inc. v. Network Solutions Inc., 2d Cir., 99-6080, 1/21/00).

Name.Space Inc., a domain name registration service, filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against NSI, the provider of domain name registration services, alleging antitrust violations. Subsequently, Name.Space filed an amended complaint to add the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a defendant, alleging that NSF violated its First Amendment rights.

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