BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho judge has dumped a complaint by an Internet entrepreneur and former Wall Street analyst accusing the Sun Valley resort and Twitter Inc. of stealing his handle.
Fifth District Judge Robert Elgee dismissed Leonard Barshack's lawsuit with prejudice, according to documents on Idaho's court website.
Barshack, who founded the Internet email listing service Bigfoot, sued Sun Valley and Twitter in May after losing his "Sun Valley" name on the social media site.
Earlier, the company had told Barshack that his account bearing the name was engaged in "non-parody impersonation," something forbidden by San Francisco-based Twitter. Its policy mandates an account's profile information "make it clear that the creator of the account is not actually the same person or entity" as the subject of the impersonation.
Company spokesman Jim Prosser said Thursday his company was pleased with the outcome of the lawsuit.
Among other things, Elgee said in his Sept. 24 ruling that a claim that Twitter broke a contract established when Barshack set up his original handle was without merit.