2016-06-03

ICANN Pending Litigation and IRP Status Report as of 1 June 2016

As of June 1, 2016, all pending litigation and Independent Review Processes (IRPs) involving the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California non-profit corporation, deal with ICANN's problematic new gTLDs program, with the exception of a pending U.S. Court of Appeals decision concerning ccTLDs of IRAN (.IR), Syria (.SY), and North Korea (.KP)--see Ben Haim et al below:

Pending ICANN Litigation:
  • DotConnectAfrica Trust v. ICANN and ZA Central Registry (ZACR) - action filed in United States District Court for the Central District of California at Los Angeles (D.C. No. 2:16-cv-00862-RGK-JC) - Interlocutory Appeal filed by ICANN, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Case No. 16-55693 - pending Motion to Reconsider and Vacate Preliminary Injunction, District Court hearing June 6, 2016 - Issue: new gTLD .AFRICA.

Independent Review Processes (IRP), ICANN Status Update, 1 June 2016 (pdf):


According to ICANN, the Independent Review Process (IRP) "is a process by which any person materially affected by a decision or action by the Board that he or she asserts is inconsistent with the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws may submit a request for independent review of that decision or action. (See Bylaws, Art. IV, § 3.) In order to be materially affected, the person must suffer injury or harm that is directly and causally connected to the Board's alleged violation of the Bylaws or the Articles of Incorporation, and not as a result of third parties acting in line with the Board's action." 

In addition, there are pending Cooperative Engagement Processes (CEP):


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