Auerbach v. ICANN
In March of 2002, ICANN followed the recommendations of its CEO and president, M. Stuart Lynn, suspending at-large meetings and planning to eliminate the elected positions while asking for greatly increased funding from governments. That month, Karl Auerbach sued ICANN for withholding financial information from him, which he had sought in his capacity as a director since his election to the board in November 2000.
His repeated requests had been ignored and stonewalled. Then Lynn demanded that Auerbach sign an NDA before viewing the documents, which Auerbach refused. Finally Auerbach sought the court order to view the documents without restriction.
In July 2002 the court made a tentative ruling in complete favor of Auerbach, finding ICANN's legal defenses entirely without merit, and in August 2002 solidified its ruling.