An Internet Society (Isocnz) member who called a special general meeting over Domainz funding a defamation action against another member may yet call off the SGM.
Patrick O'Brien, former CEO of Domainz, is suing Manawatu Internet Services director Alan Brown for defamation. Domainz, which is wholly-owned by the Internet Society, is funding his case.
If the action is settled out of court by the end of Easter, Isocnz member John Russell says he will call off the meeting, which he initiated because of a sense of "moral outrage" that Domainz would be funding a defamation suit against one of the Society's members.
Russell had announced he would call off the SGM if Domainz and Brown and Domainz could reach an agreement by the end of Easter, but now he says the official call for an SGM will go ahead because of timing issues.
"It'll take three weeks to get [the SGM] organised, and if I don't make the call until next week, the arrival date for the SGM slips past the trial date." However, Russell says he will call off the SGM if a resolution is reached before it goes to court.
“Basically we’re waiting to see if Domainz will agree to apologise to [Brown] and then hopefully we can put all this behind us and get on with our lives.” Russell believes the parties are close to reaching an agreement that would see Brown apologise to O'Brien and Domainz apologise to Brown.
“I understand they are basically in agreement on settling this matter out of court and I’ll hold off to give them a chance to do that,” says Russell.