ICANN can proceed with delegating .africa, following court ruling

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is now able to proceed with the delegation of the .africa top-level domain (gTLD), after a decision of a California Superior Court. The court has denied DotConnectAfrica’s (DCA’s) second motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the delegation of .africa to ZA Central Registry. It has found that it appears the ‘Covenant Not to Sue’ found in the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook is enforceable, and that ‘DCA’s claims against ICANN for fraud and unfair business practices are likely to be barred. As a result, DCA cannot establish that it is likely to succeed on the merits’.