RE: [DNS] media release

RE: [DNS] media release

From: Domain Registration Services <mail§>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 17:09:07 +1000
Brilliant news! Few Australian consumers would question the auDA fee on a
day like today. It's great that auDA are taking action. Especially with
regards to sticking their necks out and also attempting to protect
registrants of gtlds. These people don't necessarily have anyone to complain
to or anyone to fight for their cause. It seems auDA are taking up the fight
against unscrupulous domain name operators on behalf of all Australian
consumers (not just .au registrants) and that is great news for everyone.


Jacqui Maiolo
Domain Registration Services

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Disspain [mailto:ceo&#167;]
> Sent: Wednesday, 27 August 2003 10:33 AM
> To: DNS List
> Subject: [DNS] media release
> auDA launches Trade Practices claim against Domain Names Australia Pty
> Ltd and its Director, Chesley Rafferty
> Melbourne, 27 August 2003 - On 18 August 2003 auDA issued legal
> proceedings at the Federal Court of Australia against Domain Names
> Australia Pty Ltd (DNA) and its sole director, Chesley Paul Rafferty.
> In those proceedings, auDA alleges that recent mail-outs by DNA were
> misleading or deceptive, or likely to mislead or deceive, in breach of
> the Trade Practices Act (TPA).
> auDA is bringing the claims against DNA and Mr Rafferty as a
> representative action (that is, a class action) on behalf of all members
> of the public who have existing .au ccTLD (eg,,
> or gTLD (eg .com, .net, .org) domain names and who received notices from
> DNA and made payments pursuant to those notices.
> auDA anticipates that the Court will shortly require it to place
> advertisement in newspapers giving details of the nature of the class
> action.
> auDA is seeking a declaration of breach of the TPA, refunds and damages,
> and permanent injunctions restraining DNA and Rafferty from engaging in
> certain types of misleading or deceptive conduct, or conduct likely to
> mislead or deceive, in the future.
> Interlocutory Injunction
> As part of the proceedings auDA also applied for an interlocutory (or
> temporary) injunction restraining DNA from using the funds they receive
> as a result of the mail out.
> The application was heard on 25 August 2003 before Justice Finkelstein
> but was unsuccessful as His honour concluded that there was insufficient
> evidence to show that the proceeds were likely to disappear as auDA
> fears.
> However, in his judgement his honour made a number of observations which
> auDA considers to be of significance. auDA will make another public
> statement as soon as the transcript of the judgement is available.
> -ENDS-
> For media contact:
> auDA:
> Chris Disspain
> Chief Executive Officer
> tel: 03 9349 4711
> email: ceo&#167;
Received on Fri Oct 03 2003 - 00:00:00 UTC

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