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auDA launches trade practices claim against domain name vendor
August 27, 2003
The .au Domain Administration has launched a trade practices claim in the Federal Court against Domain Names Australia and its director, Chesley Rafferty.
auDA has alleged that recent mailouts by Domain Names Australia were misleading or deceptive in breach of the Trade Practices Act.
auDA chief executive officer Chris Disspain said in a media release that the claim had been launched as a representative or class action on behalf of all those who have existing .au ccTLD (eg .com.au, .org.au, .net.au) or gTLD (eg .com, .net, .org) domain names and who received notices from Domain Names Australia and made payments as a result.
He said auDA was seeking a declaration of breach of the Act, refunds and damages, and permanent injunctions restraining Domain Names Australia and Rafferty from engaging in certain types of misleading or deceptive conduct.
Disspain said as part of the proceedings auDA had also applied for a temporary injunction, restraining Domain Names Australia from using the funds received as a result of the mailout.
Details at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/08/27/1061663828504.html