Court exercises its option to re-evaluate its ruling before kicking appeal up to higher court.
A German court that ruled against an injunction last month in a Whois data dispute will reconsider its decision.
ICANN filed a legal action in Bonn after domain name registrar EPAG, which is owned by Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX), informed ICANN that it would no longer collect Admin and Tech contact information on domain registrations. EPAG made this decision based on its interpretation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The court denied ICANN’s request for an injunction that would have forced EPAG to continue collecting this data.
ICANN subsequently appealed the decision to a higher court.
The original court has the option to re-evaluate its decision before forwarding the case to the higher court. It has exercised this option and asked EPAG to comment on ICANN’s appellate papers.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that the lower court thinks it erred in its original decision.
EPAG is due to respond to the court within two weeks.