Lawyer Says Expect Lawsuits Over New Top-Level Domain Names
June 13 (Bloomberg Law) — ICANN revealed the proposed top-level domain names for the largest-ever expansion of the Internet’s naming system today. John Murino, an attorney at Crowell and Moring, tells Bloomberg Law’s Josh Block that litigation over the new names is likely. Top-level domains are the “.com” part of an Internet address. 1,930 proposals were received for 1,409 different top-level domain names. Applicants paid $185,000 for each proposed domain. Claims by owners of trademarks and suits alleging antitrust violations are likely to come, with ICANN having stockpiled $120 million to deal with the expected litigation, Murino says.