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Idaho judge tosses Twitter tussle over Sun Valley

Associated Press

Idaho judge tosses Twitter tussle over Sun Valley

CREATED Oct. 3, 2013

SUN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho judge has dumped a complaint by an Internet entrepreneur and former Wall Street derivatives 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 web site.

That limits his chances of pursuing the case further.

Barshack, who in the 1990s founded the Internet email listing service Bigfoot, sued Sun Valley and Twitter in May after losing his "Sun Valley" online name.

San Francisco-based Twitter and Sun Valley officials didn't return messages Thursday.

But Twitter had told Barshack earlier his account bearing Sun Valley's name was engaged in "non-parody impersonation," something forbidden by the social media site.

Bachack, who didn't respond to messages Thursday, now apparently tweets via "iwassunvalley."

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