2016-12-16

New gTLD AFRICA Redux: DotConnectAfrica Trust v. ICANN and ZACR


UPDATES in new gTLD .AFRICA litigation DotConnectAfrica Trust vs ICANN and ZA Central Registry, pending in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, Central District:

UPDATE 3 Feb 2017: On Feb 3, 2016 ICANN updated its litigation page to indicate that on 4 January 2017, Court Order: Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order is denied; Plaintiff's papers are deemed to be a new preliminary injunction motion; Parties are to submit supplemental briefs; and Preliminary Injunction hearing set for 31 January 2017 (which the Court later moved to 3 February 2017).  No further update as to the Feb 3rd hearing (as of Feb 4, 2017, 00:00 UTC).

UPDATE 8 January 2017: News Review: New gTLD .AFRICA Plaintiff Files for New TRO vs ICANN.

UPDATE 3 January 2017: California State Superior Court has denied DotConnectAfrica Trust's motion for preliminary injunction in an Order dated December 22 but not posted until Jan. 3, 2017 on the ICANN.org website, the Court indicating it will assign the case for a trial date at the case management conference January 23rd:


The above corrects and updates an earlier update based on a report from Law360.com:
UPDATE: ICANN not (corrected) enjoined from delegating .AFRICA by California State Superior Court Judge. According to Law360.com on Thursday, December 22, 2016, California Superior Court Judge Howard L. Halm issued a "written tentative ruling" indicating he would grant the motion for a preliminary injunction filed by African nonprofit DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA), blocking ICANN from delegating new gTLD (new generic top-level domain) .AFRICA  to ZA Central Registry (ZACR), ruling DCA’s claim that its application was unfairly rejected must be resolved first. Based on the update of January 3, above, the Law360.com report was erroneous.

New gTLD AFRICA: DotConnectAfrica Trust v. ICANN and ZA Central Registry (ZACR), Case No. BC607494, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles – Central (trial court proceeding):

15 November 2016:

Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction:



9 December 2016:

ICANN's Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction:



9 December 2016

ZACR's Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction:



15 December 2016:
Plaintiff's Joint Reply to ICANN and ZACR's Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Injunction:


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