France’s appeal in France.com case rejected

Prashant Sharan

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Court of Appeals rejects France’s motion to dismiss on grounds of sovereign immunity.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has rejected an appeal by the country of France in a dispute over France.com.

Here’s the background:

Jean-Noël Frydman, who registered France.com in 1994, lost control of the domain name to the country of France after France intervened in a court case. Frydman was in a legal battle with an unrelated entity over trademarks when the French government intervened in the case and convinced a court to transfer France.com to it. Frydman sued in U.S. court to get the domain back.

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