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[registrars] Litigation Update

  • To: "Registrars Constituency" <registrars@xxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [registrars] Litigation Update
  • From: "Michael D. Palage" <michael@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 15:45:59 -0500
  • Importance: Normal
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  • Sender: owner-registrars@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Hello All:

For those that may not be aware, the court has ruled in connection with the
preliminary injunction brought on behalf of several registrars to halt the
WLS implementation, decision available here

Independent of registrars views of the WLS service, I believe the following
language is something that ALL registrars should be keenly aware of because
of its potential impact on registrar business operations.

"The Court rejects Plaintiffs suggestion that ICANN is required to obtain
registrar consensus before it can enter into any agreement with a third
party that might affect domain name allocation. If the Court adopted this
interpretation, the registrars would effectively have the power to veto any
contract that affected their economic interests."

Best regards,

Michael D. Palage

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