Domain Name Registrations Are A Contract For Services And Cannot Be Garnished

Domain name registrations are contracts for services and cannot be garnished. This holding was rendered by the Supreme Court of Virginia on April 21, 2000. Although this decision did have a strong dissent that agreed with the findings of the District Court that domain name registrations could be garnished, the Virginia Supreme Court held that contracts for services could not be subject to garnishment proceedings.

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