The UK High Court has ruled registrants of .UK domain names are not entitled to a fresh court hearing “to assess whether they have abusively registered those domains if the issue has already been determined through an industry dispute resolution service,” reports Out-Law.com.
According to the ruling by Mr Justice Mann, “the wording of the dispute resolution service policy and procedural rules meant that decisions reached through Nominet’s system could not be re-tried in court.”
“The DRS (dispute resolution service) and Procedure put in place a regime in which the question of abusive registration is one for, and only for, the Expert appointed under the DRS,” Mr Justice Mann said in his ruling.
The judge overturned a decision by the Patents County Court which had ruled that Nominet rules did allow courts to hear issues determined through Nominet’s system afresh, the report continued.
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To register a .UK domain name, check out Europe Registry here.