A New York-based moving company cannot bring a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against an Iowa resident who operates a Web site the company says defamed it, a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

Finding that Best Van Lines failed to demonstrate personal jurisdiction under New York’s “long-arm” statute, the circuit, in what it said was the first appellate decision to consider the issue, upheld a Southern District judge’s dismissal of the complaint against the operator of MovingScam.com.

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