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ICANN DCA ICANN COURT
2017-02-10

DCA's Motion for Preliminary Injunction: DENIED

DCA ZACR ICANN DCA
2017-01-13

DCA's Supplemental Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction (Filed as TRO)

ZACR
2017-01-10

STATUS UPDATE: DotConnect Africa Trust v. ICANN / ZA Central Registry

On October 19, 2016, the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Honorable R. Gary Klausner) granted ZACR’s motion to intervene and determined that ZACR was an indispensable party to the litigation pending between DCA and ICANN over the .Africa gTLD.  Judge Klausner further held that ZACR’s indispensability destroyed the basis for the federal court’s jurisdiction.  The case was then remanded to the California state court (Los Angeles Superior Court) for all  further proceedings.

The matter was ultimately assigned to the Honorable Howard L. Halm.  On November 15, 2016, DCA filed a new motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent ICANN from delegating the .Africa gTLD to ZACR, while the litigation is pending.  ICANN and ZACR filed extensive opposition papers.  On December 22, 2016, the Court (Hon. Judge Halm) held almost 2 hours of oral argument to address DCA’s motion.  Ultimately, in a written order dated December 22, 2016, the Court denied DCA’s motion for a preliminary injunction.  The Court ruled that the denial was based upon the written and oral arguments made by counsel for ICANN and ZACR.  Among other things, ICANN and ZACR contend that DCA failed to meet the requirements for a preliminary injunction because DCA has no likelihood of success in the lawsuit and DCA can show no irreparable harm if .Africa is delegated to ZACR while the litigation is pending.  The Court’s ruling cleared the way for ICANN to delegate .Africa to ZACR.

On January 4, 2017, DCA filed an ex parte (emergency) temporary restraining order (“TRO”) asking the Court to prevent ICANN from delegating .Africa to ZACR.  The Court denied DCA’s ex parte request for a TRO on the grounds that there was no exigency that required an immediate ruling.  The Court further clarified that the prior order denying DCA’s preliminary injunction motion was based upon all arguments submitted by ICANN and DCA (thereby rejecting DCA’s contention in its ex parte papers that the ruling did not include ZACR’s arguments).  However, the Court agreed to consider DCA’s new arguments as grounds for a new motion for a preliminary injunction.  DCA was given until January 6, 2017 to file its motion.  ICANN and ZACR shall file opposition papers by January 18, 2017.  DCA will then be given an opportunity to file a reply.  The Court has scheduled a hearing on DCA’s latest motion for a preliminary injunction on January 31, 2017.

COURT
2016-12-22

ZACR - DCA's Preliminary Injunction DENIED

DCA ICANN ZACR DCA COURT
2016-10-24

Order RE: ZACR's Motion to Intervene

ZACR
2016-10-07

ZACR - Supplemental Brief ISO Motion to Intervene

DCA
2016-10-06

Plaintiff’s Notice Of And Motion For Leave To Amend; Memorandum Of Points And Authorities

COURT
2016-09-22

Order re: Further Briefing

ICANN
2016-09-09

Appeal: ICANN's Reply Brief

ZACR
2016-09-09

Appeal: ZACR's Reply Brief

DCA
2016-08-19

Appeal: DCA's Answering Appellate Brief

ZACR COURT
2016-07-18

Appeal: Order Granting Motion to Consolidate Appeals and to Amend Appellate Briefing Schedule

ICANN
2016-06-29

Appeal: ICANN's Opening Brief regarding Preliminary Injunction Order of 2016-04-12

2016-06-27

ICANN's Amended Notice of Appeal Regarding Preliminary Injunction

COURT
2016-06-27

Appeal: Scheduling ZACR's Appeal

ZACR
2016-06-24

Appeal: ZACR Notice of Appeal

COURT
2016-06-20

Order: ZACR and ICANN's Motion to Reconsider and Vacate the Preliminary Injunction

Court denies ICANN's Motion to Reconsider Preliminary Injunction 


2016-06-15

Order: ZACR's Motion to Dismiss

Court grants ZACR's motion to dismiss as to all of DCA's claims


2016-06-07

Scheduling: Order re Scheduling Conference

2016-06-01

Order: ZACR's Application for Leave to File Under Seal

DCA
2016-05-26

Joint Rule 26 Report

ZACR COURT
2016-05-20

Order: ICANN's Motion for Extension of Time to File Appellate Opening Brief

ICANN
2016-05-18

ICANN's Unopposed Motion for an Extension of Time to File Opening Appellate Brief

COURT
2016-05-18

SCHEDULING: Notice to all Parties and Order by Judge R. Gary Klausner

SCHEDULING NOTICE TO ALL PARTIES AND ORDER by Judge R. Gary Klausner. Defendant ZA Central Registry's Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint for Failure to State a Claim [80], calendared for hearing on May 31, 2016, has been taken under submission and off the motion calendar. No appearances by counsel are necessary. The Court will issue a ruling after full consideration of properly submitted pleadings. IT IS SO ORDERED. THERE IS NO PDF DOCUMENT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS ENTRY.

ZACR
2016-05-17

ZACR's Reply in Support of Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim

DCA COURT
2016-05-13

Appeal Scheduling: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Regarding Appellate Briefing Schedule

ICANN
2016-05-11

Appeal: ICANN's Notice of Appeal

ICANN appeals the Preliminary Injunction based on two Exhibits included below.


DCA ICANN
2016-05-10

ICANN joins ZACR in Motion to Reconsider Injunction

ZACR ICANN
2016-05-06

ICANN answers DCA's First Amended Complaint

ICANN denies many allegations made by DCA.

ZACR COURT ICANN
2016-04-14

Amended Reply Memorandum in Support of ICANN's Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint

COURT
2016-04-12

Court grants DCA's Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Court grants DCA's motion for Preliminary Injunction to prevent any further action in delegating the dotAfrica domain until this case is resolved.


Minutes of the Court's decision:


ICANN
2016-04-11

Reply Memorandum in Support of ICANN's Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint

ICANN states that DCA's First Amended Complaint should be dismissed.

DCA COURT
2016-04-01

ZACR's deadline to respond to DCA's FAC is extended

ZACR's deadline to file it's response to the First Amended Complaint is extended to 26 April 2016.

2016-03-29

Court decides that no appearances are necessary at DCA's Motion for Preliminary Injunction

"SCHEDULING NOTICE TO ALL PARTIES AND ORDER by Judge R. Gary Klausner. Plaintiff DotConnectAfrica Trust's Motion for Preliminary Injunction, calendared for hearing on April 4, 2016, has been taken under submission and off the motion calendar. No appearances by counsel are necessary. The Court will issue a ruling after full consideration of properly submitted pleadings. IT IS SOORDERED."

ICANN
2016-03-25

ICANN intends to Motion for Dismissal of DCA's First Amended Complaint

DCA COURT
2016-03-18

Court sets date for Hearing Preliminary Injunction

The Court sets the date for the Hearing for DCA's Preliminary Injunction - 6 June 2016


ICANN
2016-03-14

ICANN's Opposition to DCA's Motion for Preliminary Injunction

ICANN states that DCA does not have grounds to support a preliminary injunction due to the fully enforceable Covenant Not to Sue and that DCA has produced no evidence that shows that ICANN did not adopt the declaration of the IRP Panel.

COURT
2016-03-04

Minute Order re Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for TRO

The Court grants DCA's Ex Parte Application for TRO


ICANN
2016-03-03

ICANN's Opposition to Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order

ICANN states that DCA's application for TRO is fatally flawed and relies on complete misrepresentations of the facts relating to its application to operate the generic top level domain.

    DCA
    2016-03-02

    DCA's Notice of Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order

    DCA applies for a Temporary Restraining Order, ordering ICANN to refrain from issuing the .Africa domain until the motion for preliminary injunction is heard.

      2016-03-01

      DCA's Motion for Preliminary Injunction

      DCA moves for a preliminary injunction ordering ICANN from issuing the .Africa gTLD” until this case has been resolved.


      2016-02-26

      DCA's First Amended Complaint

      ICANN
      2016-02-16

      ICANN's Notice of Motion and Motion to Dismiss Complaint and Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of ICANN's Motion to Dismiss Complaint

      2016-02-08

      Notice of Removal

      ICANN requests removal to the Central District of California

      COURT
      2016-01-25

      Court Order Denying Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order and Order to Show Cause Re Preliminary Injunction

      At the hearing, the Honorable James C. Chalfan denied Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order and Order to Show Cause Re Preliminary Injunction for improper notice and insufficient evidence. The ruling was issued orally from the bench. 

      ICANN
      2016-01-25

      Special Appearance of ICANN in Opposition to DCA's Ex Parte Motion for Temporary Restraining Order

      DCA
      2016-01-25

      DCA's Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order

      COURT
      2016-01-25

      DCA's Application for Temporary Restraining Order

      DCA
      2016-01-20

      DCA's Complaint against ICANN

      DCA's Complaint for Breach of Contract; Intentional Misrepresentation; Negligent Misrepresentation; Fraud; Conspiracy to Commit Fraud; Unfair Competition and Negligence.