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DotConnectAfrica Trust v. ICANN (Trial Court Proceeding)

Final Judgment [PDF, 1.47 MB] 3 October 2019

Plaintiff's Objection to Court's Statement of Decision

6 September 2019 – 3 October 2019

Court Order [PDF, 541 KB]

(Signed 22 August 2019)

Received
29 August 2019

Notice of Court Orders [PDF, 7.4 MB]
  • Court finds in favor of ICANN and "bar[s] DCA from bringing or maintaining its claims against ICANN alleged in the [First Amended Complaint] in this lawsuit."

26 August 2019
Plaintiff's Response to ICANN's Evidentiary Objections to Plaintiff's Judicial Estoppel Post-Trial Brief [PDF, 172 KB] 29 March 2019
ICANN's Evidentiary Objections to Plaintiff's Judicial Estoppel Post-Trial Brief [PDF, 246 KB] 28 March 2019
1 March 2019
Plaintiff's Judicial Estoppel Post-Trial Brief [PDF, 475 KB] 1 March 2019
17 January 2019
Plaintiff's Judicial Estoppel Trial Brief [PDF, 248 KB] 17 January 2019
Joint Status Report [PDF, 276 KB] 20 September 2018
Notice of Case Reassignment [PDF, 167 KB] 4 September 2018
Order Vacating Trial Date and Scheduling Status Conference [PDF, 210 KB] 1 August 2018
ICANN's Response to Plaintiff's Never-Before-Made Argument in Its 13 July 2018 Brief Regarding California Rule of Court Rule 3.1591 [PDF, 3.25 MB] 18 July 2018
Plaintiff's Brief Regarding California Rule of Court Rule 3.1591 [PDF, 156 KB] 13 July 2018
9 July 2018
Plaintiff's Response to ICANN's Report Following Court's Request that the Parties Meet and Confer Regarding Stipulation for Separate Judges to Hear Phases of Trial [PDF, 219 KB] 31 May 2018
Plaintiff's Supplemental Closing Trial Brief Regarding Mistrial [PDF, 327 KB] 30 May 2018
30 May 2018
Order Granting Joint Ex Parte Application of Plaintiff and ICANN to Set a Hearing Date for Closing Argument [PDF, 61 KB] 10 May 2018
ICANN's Judicial Estoppel Post-Trial Brief [PDF, 179 KB] 19 March 2018
Plaintiff's Closing Judicial Estoppel Trial Brief [PDF, 1.70 MB] 19 March 2018
ICANN's Judicial Estoppel Trial Brief [PDF, 1.42 MB] 9 February 2018
Plaintiff's Judicial Estoppel Trial Brief [PDF, 113 KB] 9 February 2018
Court Order Setting Jury Trial Date and Final Status Conference of 22 August 2018 [PDF, 56 KB] 23 January 2018
Court Order Continuing Date of Final Status Conference on Judicial Estoppel Bench Trial [PDF, 407 KB] 22 January 2018
Order Regarding ICANN's Motion for Summary Judgment [PDF, 559 KB]

(Signed 9 August 2017)

Received 16 August 2017
4 August 2017
26 July 2017
26 May 2017
Order Approving Stipulation Staying Discovery and Continuing the Trial Date [PDF, 681 KB] 21 March 2017
Order Denying Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 357 KB]

(Signed 3 February 2017)

Received 9 February 2017
1 February 2017
1 February 2017
26 January 2017
ZACR's Joinder in ICANN's Evidentiary Objections to Declaration and Supplemental Declaration of Sophia Bekele Eshete [PDF, 1.61 MB] 24 January 2017
20 January 2017
20 January 2017
6 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). 4 January 2017
4 January 2017
4 January 2017
3 January 2017
Order Denying Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 135 KB] 22 December 2016
21 December 2016
15 December 2016
ZACR's Joinder in ICANN's Evidentiary Objections to Declaration of Sophia Eshete Bekele [PDF, 1.33 MB] 14 December 2016
9 December 2016
9 December 2016
15 November 2016
Notice of Remand [PDF, 482 KB] 25 October 2016
Order Granting ZACR's Motion to Intervene and Remanding Case to State Court [PDF, 32 KB] 19 October 2016
12 October 2016
4 October 2016
Plaintiff's Supplemental Regarding Indispensable Party [PDF, 415 KB] 27 September 2016
ICANN's Supplemental Brief Regarding Indispensable Party [PDF, 94 KB] 27 September 2016
ZACR's Supplemental Brief Regarding Indispensable Party [PDF, 61 KB] 27 September 2016
Order Directing Parties to File Additional Briefing Regarding Indispensable Party [PDF, 18 KB] 22 September 2016
ZACR's Reply in Support of Motion to Intervene [PDF, 46 KB] 2 September 2016
Plaintiff's Response to ZACR's Motion to Intervene [PDF, 412 KB] 29 August 2016
1 August 2016
ICANN's Amended Notice of Appeal Regarding Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 240 KB] 27 June 2016
ZACR's Notice of Appeal Regarding Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 244 KB] 24 June 2016
Order Denying ZACR's Motion to Reconsider and Vacate Preliminary Injunction Ruling [PDF, 28 KB] 20 June 2016
Order Granting ZACR's Motion to Dismiss [PDF, 33 KB] 14 June 2016
Scheduling Order (District Court) [PDF, 19 KB] 07 June 2016
26 May 2016
23 May 2016
Order Granting ICANN's Motion for Extension of Time to File Appellate Opening Brief [PDF, 193 KB] 20 May 2016
ICANN's Unopposed Motion for an Extension of Time to File Opening Appellate Brief [PDF, 184 KB] 18 May 2016
17 May 2016
16 May 2016
ICANN's Notice of Appeal Regarding Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 196 KB] 11 May 2016
10 May 2016
ICANN's Joinder in ZACR's Motion to Reconsider and Vacate Preliminary Injunction Ruling [PDF, 119 KB] 10 May 2016
6 May 2016
ICANN's Answer to First Amended Complaint [PDF, 150 KB] 6 May 2016
26 April 2016
Order Approving Stipulation to Withdraw ICANN's Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint and to Set Deadline for ICANN's Response to the First Amended Complaint [PDF, 31 KB] 20 April 2016
Stipulation to Withdraw ICANN's Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint and to Set Deadline for ICANN's Response to the First Amended Complaint [PDF, 70 KB] 19 April 2016
Amended Reply Memorandum in Support of ICANN's Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint [PDF, 178 KB] 14 April 2016
Order re: Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 45 KB] 12 April 2016
Reply Memorandum in Support of ICANN's Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint [PDF, 824 KB] 11 April 2016
4 April 2016
Stipulation Regarding Time for Defendant ZA Central Registry to File Its Response to Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint [PDF, 43 KB] 1 April 2016

The Court issued the following docket text entry: "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 SO ORDERED."

29 March 2016
28 March 2016
25 March 2016
21 March 2016
Order Setting Scheduling Conference [PDF, 26 KB] 18 March 2016
DCA Submission of Unredacted Exhibits 19 & 23-25 to Sophia Bekele Eshete Declaration in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 773 KB] 17 March 2016
14 March 2016
Court Order Denying Application to File Under Seal [PDF, 33 KB] 9 March 2016
Minute Order re Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for TRO [PDF, 24 KB] 4 March 2016
3 March 2016
2 March 2016
1 March 2016
Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint [PDF, 613 KB] 26 February 2016
16 February 2016
Notice of Removal [PDF, 3.7 MB] 8 February 2016
Court Order Denying Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order and Order to Show Cause Re Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 29 KB] 27 January 2016

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. A written Minute Order will be issued by the Court and posted shortly.

25 January 2016
Special Appearance of ICANN in Opposition to Plaintiff's Ex Parte Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, with Exhibit A [PDF, 601 KB] 25 January 2016
Plaintiff DCA's Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order and Order to Show Cause Re Preliminary Injunction; Supporting Declarations of Sophia Bekele and Brandon Schantz [PDF, 19.8 MB] 25 January 2016
Complaint [PDF, 4.2 MB]

ICANN has not been served with the Complaint.

20 January 2016
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