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DotConnectAfrica Trust v. ICANN (Trial Court Proceeding)

Order Regarding ICANN’s Motion for Summary Judgment (signed 9 August 2017) [PDF, 559 KB] Received 16 August 2017

ICANN's Reply in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment [PDF, 9.08 MB]

4 August 2017

Plaintiff's Opposition to ICANN's Motion for Summary Judgment [PDF, 689 KB]

26 July 2017

ICANN's Motion for Summary Judgment [PDF, 3.33 MB]

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 (signed 3 February 2017) [PDF, 357 KB] Received 9 February 2017
1 February 2017
1 February 2017

Plaintiff's Joint Reply to ICANN and ZACR's Opposition to Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 335 KB]

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

ICANN's Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 1.09 MB]

20 January 2017

ZACR's Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 202 KB]

20 January 2017

Plaintiff's Supplemental Memorandum in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 741 KB]

6 January 2016
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

ZACR's Opposition to Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order [PDF, 672 KB]

4 January 2017

ICANN's Opposition to Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order [PDF, 430 KB]

4 January 2017

Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order; Memorandum of Points and Authorities [PDF, 310 KB]

3 January 2017

Order Denying Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 135 KB]

22 December 2016
21 December 2016
Plaintiff's Joint Reply to ICANN and ZACR's Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 509 KB] 15 December 2016

ICANN's Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 255 KB]

ICANN's Evidentiary Objections to Declaration of Sophia Bekele Eshete Filed in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 126 KB]

9 December 2016

ZACR's Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 1.30 MB]

9 December 2016

Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 436 KB]

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

ICANN's Opposition to Motion for Leave to Amend First Amended Complaint [PDF, 377 KB]

12 October 2016

Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Amend First Amended Complaint [PDF, 600 KB]

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

ZACR's Notice of Motion and Motion to Intervene [PDF, 232 KB]

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

ZACR's Reply In Support of Motion to Reconsider and Vacate Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 84 KB]

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

ZACR's Reply in Support of Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim [PDF, 165 KB]

17 May 2016

Plaintiff's Opposition to ZACR's Motion to Reconsider and Vacate Preliminary Injunction Ruling [PDF, 591 KB]

16 May 2016

ICANN's Notice of Appeal Regarding Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 196 KB] 11 May 2016

Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendant ZACR's Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint [PDF, 640 KB]

10 May 2016
ICANN's Joinder in ZACR's Motion to Reconsider and Vacate Preliminary Injunction Ruling [PDF, 119 KB] 10 May 2016

ZACR's Notice of Motion and Motion to Reconsider and Vacate Preliminary Injunction Ruling [PDF, 49 KB]

6 May 2016

ICANN's Answer to First Amended Complaint [PDF, 150 KB] 6 May 2016

Defendant ZACR's Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim [PDF, 126 KB]

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

Plaintiff's Opposition to ICANN's Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint

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

ICANN's Notice of Motion and Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint [PDF, 121 KB]

25 March 2016

Plaintiff's Reply in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction; Memorandum of Points and Authorities [PDF, 527 KB]

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

ICANN's Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 706 KB]

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

ICANN's Opposition to Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order [PDF, 220 KB]

3 March 2016

Notice of Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order; Memorandum of Points and Authorities [PDF, 764 KB]

2 March 2016

Notice of Motion and Motion for Preliminary Injunction; Memorandum of Points and Authorities [PDF, 866 KB]

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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