.Africa Game on – Case will proceed to Trial

Earlier this year in February ICANN announced that it was free to proceed with the delegation of .AFRICA domain following a Court decision that denied DotConnectAfrica’s (DCA’s) Motion for Preliminary Injunction to stop the delegation of the .AFRICA generic top-level domain (gTLD) to ZA Central Registry (ZACR). The case had been remanded to State court …

ICANN “Free to Delegate .Africa” as Judge rules re-delegation is possible if DCA prevails

The .Africa gTLD can be re-delegated to DCA in the event DCA prevails in this litigation,  says California Judge ICANN announced last Friday that it is free to proceed with the delegation of .AFRICA domain following a recent Court decision that denied DotConnectAfrica’s (DCA’s) Motion for Preliminary Injunction to stop the delegation of the .AFRICA …

South Africa’s ZACR reportedly suspends thousands of org.za domains

South Africa’s ZA Central Registry (ZACR) the company tasked with administering second-level domains of the .ZA namespace  that includes .org.za has reportedly suspended thousands of org.za domains this week due to them not being transferred from a legacy system to ZACR-accredited Registrars. The suspended domains all org.za names that had not migrated across to new Registrars  …

DCA Trust dismisses ICANN’s Enforcement of The Purported AUC Endorsement withdrawal as a Rearguard Action

“At no time until after it had rejected DCA’s application, did ICANN assert that the AUC had properly “withdrawn” its endorsement. – DCA   Geographic new gTLDs in the ICANN application round were required to have endorsements of upto 60% from counties in the applying region. Many applications in the new gTLD program were therefore …

US Court throws out ZACR as Non-Party to .Africa: Denies its Reconsideration, Moves on with DCA vs ICANN

DCA Trust has scored its 3rd victory in the .Africa case, this comes after a US court denied ICANN and ZACR’s Motion for Reconsideration regarding the Court’s Order that granted DCA Trust a Preliminary Injunction preventing ICANN from delegating .Africa until the case had been fully determined.     The court had on 14th June …

ZACR CEO Declaration on .Africa biased, misleading, conclusory & without foundation, details DCA Trust

In support of its Motion to Reconsider and Vacate Preliminary Injunction Ruling, Defendant ZA Central Registry, NPC (“ZACR”) relied upon the Declaration of its current CEO Mokgabudi Lucky Masilela (“Masilela Decl.”). However,  DotConnectAfrica Trust fires back in opposition, via a response it filed on May 16th 2016 presenting detailed evidentiary objections to his declaration, some …

Improper Agreement between ZACR & ICANN on .Africa has caused it injury states DCA Trust

  In Opposition to ZACR’s motion to dismiss, which was filed on 10th May 2016, DCA Lawyers argue that  contrary to what ZACR states,  DCA has adequately stated claims against ZACR for declaratory relief, intentional interference with contract, aiding and abetting fraud, and unfair competition, and argued their reasons  that the Court should deny ZACR’s …

What’s Good for DotConnectAfrica is Good for the World! ICANN Withdraws its Motion to Dismiss

A Huge Win for Legal Front-Runner DotConnectAfrica Trust! . April 20, 2016, ICANN has withdrawn its Motion to Dismiss [PDF] against DCA Trust’s First Amended Complaint of 26 February 2016. . In its stipulation to the Court, ICANN moved to withdraw its dismissal citing the following reason: . “in view of the Court’s order on …

DomainMondo: dotAFRICA, Public Interest, Judge Holds ICANN Accountable

It was a rough week for arrogant and unaccountable ICANN. A U.S. District Court Judge, The Honorable R. Gary Klausner, in Los Angeles, actually held the California corporation accountable, a rare event, to which most stakeholders can attest, sweeping aside every one of the arguments interposed by Jones Day, ICANN’s lawyers, and granted a preliminary injunction “barring …