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[ga] Lead Networks Files for Arbitration

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  • Subject: [ga] Lead Networks Files for Arbitration
  • From: Glen de Saint Géry <Glen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 00:59:49 -0700

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Lead Networks Files for Arbitration

5 August 2009
On Friday, 24 July 2009, Lead Networks Domains Pvt. Ltd. ("Lead Networks") 
began the process of commencing an arbitration proceeding with the American 
Arbitration Association ("AAA") challenging ICANN's decision to allow the RAA 
to expire without renewal because of Lead Networks' failure to comply with the 
requirements of its RAA 
http://www.icann.org/correspondence/burnette-to-malik-14jul09-en.pdf [PDF, 

In its filing to initiate arbitration, Lead Networks requested that ICANN and 
the arbitration panel stay the non-renewal until an arbitration decision is 
rendered. Although Lead Networks allowed the RAA to expire before seeking to 
arbitrate, ICANN has determined that a temporary stay is warranted in this case 
to protect affected registrants and users. Lead Networks will be reinstated as 
a registrar effective Tuesday, 04 August 2009. 

Guidance is provided below for registrants who may be affected by this 
arbitration action. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. How are registrants affected by Lead Networks' arbitration filing? 

A. Your domain names will remain with Lead Networks until the arbitration panel 
renders its decision or until you choose to transfer your domain name. In other 
words, during the arbitration, Lead Networks will operate as an 
ICANN-accredited registrar pursuant to the RAA and shall be required to comply 
with all contract provisions, the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy 
( "UDRP"), and the transfer policy. 

Q. What happens if I have a pending UDRP administrative proceeding involving a 
domain name sponsored by Lead Networks? 

A. Continue with the proceedings, as you do not need to do anything additional 
right now. Lead Networks will continue to be obligated to perform under the RAA 
and, thus, will be required to enforce the decision once panel provides its 

Q. What happens if I won a UDRP administrative proceeding involving a domain 
name sponsored by Lead Networks? 

A. In accordance with the RAA, Lead Networks is required to enforce the 
arbitration panel's decision unless the registrant provides evidence of a 
lawsuit against the complainant in a court of mutual jurisdiction within 10 
business days of the issuance of the UDRP decision. If Lead Networks has not 
enforced the decision, please immediately submit a report pursuant to the UDRP 
Intake Report System at http://www.internic.net/UDRPIntakeReportSystem.html. 
Please be sure to complete all fields and follow all prompts. 

Q. What action is ICANN planning to take? 

A. During the arbitration process, ICANN intends to aggressively defend its 
decision not to renew the RAA with Lead Networks. 

Q. How long will it take to complete the arbitration? 

A. Arbitration is unpredictable. ICANN hopes and will request that the 
arbitration panel conclude the arbitration as quickly as possible, but it could 
be several months before an arbitration decision is rendered. 

Q. What affect does the arbitration filing have on ICANN's previously announced 
bulk transfer process? 

A. ICANN will continue to complete the process pursuant to the De-Accredited 
Registrar Transition Procedure (posted at 
 [PDF, 119K]) in order to be prepared to authorize a bulk transfer of the names 
upon conclusion of the arbitration, if necessary and such a transfer would 
promote the community interest. 

Q. I have read everything above, but still have some questions about my domain 
name. Whom should I contact? 

A. You should contact Lead Networks first with any issues. If you are still not 
able to get answers to your questions, please contact ICANN's contractual 
compliance team at compliance@xxxxxxxxx.

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

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