The lawsuit contesting a controversial $100 fee to register Internet addresses has been thrown out of court by US District Court Judge Thomas Hogan.
But William Bode, the lawyer representing a number of people who paid the fee, said he will appeal the decision.
The dispute centres on the actions of government contractor, Network Solutions, which collected a $30 tax between September 1995 and March 1998 for each Internet address registered. NSI has held the monopoly on registering for the main Net domains such as '.com'.p> The judge supported the lawsuit initially, agreeing with litigants that $30 was an illegal tax, and he froze assets of $62 million. Since then, Congress has passed legislation that provides retroactive authorisation for NSI to collect the tax, and the judge concluded that the $30 was no longer an illegal levy.
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