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National Arbitration Forum Releases 2008 Domain Name Dispute Resolution Program Totals

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN March 12, 2009— www.domain-disputes.com—The National Arbitration Forum, an international provider of arbitration services, today announced that a total of 1,770 cases were filed in its domain name dispute resolution program in 2008. The National Arbitration Forum is approved by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to provide domain name dispute resolution services under policies like the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).“The world of domain name extensions is constantly expanding, putting trademark holders around the world on high alert and creating challenges for new potential registries,” said Kristine Dorrain, National Arbitration Forum Internet Legal Counsel. “The National Arbitration Forum offers solutions to protect intellectual property rights before or after domain name extensions go live.”Cases filed with the National Arbitration Forum are heard and decided by Dispute Resolution Panelists who are primarily intellectual property lawyers with specialized domain name, trademark, copyright, and/or e-commerce experience. Panelists are located around the world and can conduct proceedings in several languages including Dutch, English, French, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Korean.The following data pertains to the National Arbitration Forum domain name dispute resolution program in 2008 (January 1 to December 31, 2008):•    In total, there were 1,770 cases filed.•    Nearly all cases filed (98%) involved UDRP domain names, like .com and .org; the rest involved usDRP domain names with the .us extension.•    Panelists heard and decided 1,477 cases; parties worked together to settle many of the rest.•    By the end of 2008, over 10,600 disputes were filed with the National Arbitration Forum.•    Panelists resolved 9,470 of those cases, while the parties settled many of the rest.Notable 2008 decisions involved trademarks such as American Girl, Anheuser-Busch, Canadian Television, Patrick Dempsey, We The People LLC, and YouTube. National Arbitration Forum domain name dispute proceedings and decisions are available online in a searchable case database.To file a claim see www.domains.adrforum.com or contact domaindispute[at]adrforum.com. To inquire about generic top-level domain (gTLD) start-up or sunrise services and offerings, contact Internet Legal Counsel Kristine Dorrain at kdorrain@adrforum.com. For media inquiries, contact Christina Doucet at 952-516-6486 or media[at]adrforum.com.About the National Arbitration Forum (FORUM)An international leader in arbitration and mediation services, the National Arbitration Forum is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. The National Arbitration Forum was appointed an approved provider of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 1999. Since then, over 12,000 domain name disputes have been filed worldwide through the National Arbitration Forum’s streamlined, online case management system. For more information, visit www.domains.adrforum.com.###

National Arbitration Forum Reports Rise in Domain Name Disputes

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

1,805 Disputes over Domain Names Filed in 2007MINNEAPOLIS, February 27, 2008— www.domain-disputes.com —The National Arbitration Forum, an international provider of alternative dispute resolution services, administered a total of 1,805 domain name disputes in 2007, up from 1,658 disputes in 2006. The National Arbitration Forum has been approved as a domain name dispute resolution program provider by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) since 1999.The National Arbitration Forum reports at the end of 2007:

  • UDRP domain names with common extensions like .com, .net, and .org accounted for 1,775 filings.
  • usDRP domain names with the .us extension accounted for 30 filings.
  • Of the 1,805 filings, Panelists heard 1,391 cases; parties worked together to settle many of the rest.
  • There were 9,916 total domain name complaints filed since 1999.
  • Of those filings, Panelists heard 8,006 cases; the parties settled many of the rest.

National Arbitration Competition Won by Texas Tech University School of Law

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Third Annual Competition Promotes Arbitration among Aspiring AttorneysCHICAGO and MINNEAPOLIS, February 11, 2008—Texas Tech University School of Law received top honors in the recent 2007-2008 National Arbitration Competition, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Law Student Division and the National Arbitration Forum. Texas Tech School of Law prevailed over 16 teams in the National Finals at Stetson University in January.The competition, one of four each year sponsored by the Law Student Division, provides law students with the opportunity to participate in a mock legal dispute with professional arbitrators and lawyers judging the hearings. Coached by law professors, the students prepare and present their cases from start to finish, including opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations and summations.“Our goal is to promote excellence in arbitration,” said Roger Haydock, managing director for the National Arbitration Forum and chair of the Arbitration Competition Subcommittee of the ABA Law Student Division’s Competitions Committee. “The nation’s only arbitration competition continues to be a success. More law students each year are given the opportunity to learn how to be highly effective arbitration advocates.”Complete results for the 2007-2008 National Arbitration Competition:National Champion: Texas Tech University School of LawJoseph Putnam, Jesse Blakley, Charles M. Davis & Tiffany McDuffNational Finalist: Stetson University College of LawShannon McMahon, Sheryl Clark, Benjamin Ladouceur & Lee PearlmanThird Place: University of Oklahoma College of LawAlex Bass, Laura John, Matthew Neal & Jessica DurrettFourth Place: Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of LawSue Irion, Nick Maggard, Zachary Corbin & Ioanna ParaskevopoulosThe success of the competition grows each year with the number of participants more than doubling to 168 after just three years.For more information please contact Christina Doucet of the National Arbitration Forum at 952-516-6486 or media[at]adrforum.com or Peggy Pissarreck of the ABA Law Student Division at 312-988-5621 or pissarrm[at]staff.abanet.org.About the ABA Law Student DivisionWith more than 51,700 members, the ABA Law Student Division is the largest professional student organization in the United States. The division provides law students with opportunities for legal education, professional skills development and career counsel. Each year the division sponsors four competitions: the Arbitration Competition, the Client Counseling Competition, the National Appellate Advocacy Competition and the Negotiation Competition.About the American Bar AssociationWith more than 413,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.About the National Arbitration ForumThe National Arbitration Forum (FORUM) is one of the world’s largest providers of alternative dispute resolution services. For over 20 years we have offered arbitration, mediation and other alternatives to lawsuits that save disputing parties time and money. The National Arbitration Forum maintains a distinguished panel of over 1,600 attorneys and former judges who apply the substantive law when rendering legal decisions. National Arbitration Forum arbitrators and mediators are located throughout the U.S. and around the world in 35 countries. We are headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with offices in New Jersey and Southern California. For more information visit our website, http://www.adrforum.com.More information about the Arbitration Competition can be found on the FORUM blog (http://arbitration-forum.blogspot.com) and the ABA Law Student Division webpage (http://www.abanet.org/lsd/competitions/arbitration/home.html).###

National Arbitration Forum Honors Excellence in Promoting Dispute Resolution and Civil Justice

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Honorable Harold Kalina Receives Civil Justice AwardMINNEAPOLIS, December 5, 2007—The National Arbitration Forum (FORUM) presented the organization’s inaugural “Civil Justice Award” to Honorable Harold Kalina, for whom the award will be named, on December 1, 2007.Upon presenting the award, Roger Haydock, Managing Director of the National Arbitration Forum stated “Judge Kalina has ennobled and improved dispute resolution and civil justice during his distinguished career as a District Court Judge, a Minnesota State Senator, practicing attorney, mediator, arbitrator, and all-around dispute resolution professional.”Honorable Harold Kalina, a graduate of the University of Minnesota law school, began his career at Scholle, Schweiger & Kalina in Minneapolis where he practiced law from 1954 to 1972 and was a partner. He served as a Minnesota State Senator for four terms from 1955 to 1971 and as an Assistant Minority Leader for the Senate from 1971 to 1972.In 1972 he began his term as Judge of the Hennepin County District Court, Fourth Judicial District, Minnesota. In 1981 Kalina became Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial District. He was Partner at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly in Minneapolis from 1983 to 1990. He then returned to the bench as a Fourth Judicial District Court Judge from 1990 to 1995.In 1995 he began serving Minnesota courts as a retired judge and was approved by the Minnesota Supreme Court as an arbitrator and neutral mediator practicing in all alternative dispute resolution areas. In 2001 Kalina joined the National Arbitration Forum panel of arbitrators and mediators and began hearing and deciding cases over disputed domain names.“Judge Kalina is a truly remarkable and sincere individual who has made a significant impact in the legal profession,” said National Arbitration Forum Managing Director Roger Haydock.“Dignified jurists and neutrals like Kalina merit recognition for their knowledge, experience, skills and abiding commitment to providing access to justice to all Americans. The Honorable Harold Kalina Civil Justice Award program will shine the spotlight on recipients that inspire both developing and longstanding dispute resolution professionals around the nation.”Honorable Harold Kalina lives in Minneapolis with his wife Elaine.Criteria for the AwardCandidates for the Honorable Harold Kalina Civil Justice Award are evaluated for their excellence in promoting dispute resolution and civil justice.The National Arbitration ForumThe National Arbitration Forum (FORUM), one of the world’s largest alternative dispute resolution providers, administers arbitration and mediation services that are faster and less expensive than lawsuits. Disputes are heard and decided by members of the National Arbitration Forum panel of 1,600 arbitrators and mediators who are attorneys and former judges. Founded in 1986, the National Arbitration Forum is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. with offices in New Jersey and California and panelists in all 50 U.S. states and in 35 countries. For more information, visit www.adrforum.com.###

The National Arbitration Forum Resolves Univision, Webkinz and Hershey's Kisses Domain Name Disputes

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Dispute resolution program boasts a legal process that is quick, inexpensive, neutral and expert. Minneapolis (PRWEB) September 13, 2007 — www.domains.adrforum.com — The National Arbitration Forum recently issued decisions on the rights to Univision.tv, Webkinzz.com, Webkniz.com, Weblinz.com and ChocolateKiss.com.”Domain names have irreplaceable value for trademark holders. Abusive practices likeNational Arbitration Forum Logo cybersquatting and typosquatting can lead to disputes,” said Kristine Dorrain, Internet Legal Counsel. “The National Arbitration Forum domain name dispute resolution program boasts a legal process that is quick, inexpensive, neutral and expert.”The following three decisions were made in accordance with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) by independent and neutral arbitrators on the National Arbitration Forum’s panel.Univision.tvOn June 7, 2007, Univision Communications Inc., the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States, submitted a complaint electronically with the National Arbitration Forum asserting legal rights to the domain name Univision.tv. The Complainant requested the dispute be decided by a three-member panel.The Panel concluded that the domain name is identical to the registered trademark UNIVISION with the addition of the .tv extension. Respondent and registered owner Edmundo Norte could not support his claim of an intent for future use as a parody site and did not demonstrate rights to or legitimate interests in Univision.tv. The Panel found that the Respondent offered to sell the domain name for an amount in excess of reasonable development expenses which supports findings of bad faith registration and use. The Complainant successfully established all three elements required under the ICANN Policy and defended its trademark in domain name dispute resolution. On August 16, 2007, Univision.tv was ordered to be transferred to Univision Communications Inc.Webkinzz.comGanz, owner of Webkinz a popular line of real and virtual stuffed animals, submitted a complaint electronically on May 21, 2007. The National Arbitration Forum panelist found that the domain names Webkinzz.com, Webkniz.com, and Weblinz.com were registered by renowned cybersquatter Texas International Property Associates.The panelist found that the three disputed domain names are confusingly similar to the WEBKINZ mark all with slight typographical variations. The panelist went on to find that erroneous variations of Complainant’s WEBKINZ mark are typical of typosquatting — using a website to profit from the mistyping of someone else’s trademark — and prove the Respondent’s lack of rights and legitimate interests. Because the Respondent used the websites to generate revenue through pay-per-click advertisements it was found that the domain names were registered and used in bad faith. Ganz proved all three elements required of the ICANN Policy and was granted the rights to Webkinzz.com, Webkniz.com, and Weblinz.com on July 19, 2007.ChocolateKiss.comThe Hershey Company, one of the largest chocolate production facilities in the world, filed a claim electronically on April 20, 2007 against Respondent R. Reaves. Complainant, the Hershey Company, requested that the dispute over ChocolateKiss.com be handled by a panel of three National Arbitration Forum arbitrators.The Panel found that ChocolateKiss.com was confusingly similar to Complainant’s KISSES mark, as the term “chocolate” was simply descriptive of Complainant’s business and the combination of the terms was calculated to suggest the involvement of Complainant. The Panel also found that Respondent lacked rights or legitimate interests because the content displayed on Respondent’s website gave the erroneous impression that it was affiliated with Complainant. Finally, the Panel found that Respondent registered and was using the domain name in bad faith because Respondent was using this implied affiliation with Complainant to attract users to its website for commercial gain. Accordingly, the Panel granted Complainant’s request for a transfer of the domain name on June 8, 2007.To file a claim, see www.domains.adrforum.com. Questions regarding domain name dispute resolution or e-commerce arbitration may be directed to domaindispute @ adrforum.com. Journalist inquiries may be directed to media @ adrforum.com.About the National Arbitration Forum (FORUM)The National Arbitration Forum (FORUM), a leader in arbitration and mediation services for over 20 years, is an expert in the resolution of Internet-based disputes. An innovator in the industry, the National Arbitration Forum serves as one of three primary providers of the ICANN domain name dispute resolution program, resolving issues involving disputed trademarks. Over 8,000 intellectual property cases have been filed through the National Arbitration Forum’s state-of-the-art case management system. For more information, visit www.domains.adrforum.com.Fact Sheet http://www.adrforum.com/users/naf/resources/FastFactsDomainNameDisputeResolution.pdf Searchable Case Database http://domains.adrforum.com/decision.aspx Univision Communications Inc. v. Edmundo Norte http://domains.adrforum.com/domains/decisions/1000079.htm Ganz v. Texas International Property Associates http://domains.adrforum.com/domains/decisions/991778.htmThe Hershey Company v. R. Reaves http://domains.adrforum.com/domains/decisions/967818.htm# # #

National Arbitration Forum Issues Three Decisions on Internet Domain Name Disputes

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Trademarks: Disney, Jimmy Buffett and Angels Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) May 23, 2007 — http://www.domain-disputes.com — The National Arbitration Forum recently issued decisions on three separate domain name disputes filed by Disney, Jimmy Buffett and Angels Baseball.”We continue to see a trend towards filing complaints under the UDRP, rather than lawsuits, for these Internet conflicts,” said Kristine Dorrain, Internet Legal Counsel of the National Arbitration Forum. “We’re on the way to surpassing last year’s record-breaking domain name filings.” In 2006, the National Arbitration Forum saw its largest filing year ever, marking a 21% increase over 2005.The following three decisions were made in accordance with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) by independent and neutral arbitrators on the National Arbitration Forum’s panel.DisneyComics.comOne of the world’s largest entertainment corporations, Disney Enterprises, Inc., submitted a complaint electronically on February 15, 2007. The National Arbitration Forum panel found that the domain name DisneyComics.com was being cybersquatted by Dayanand Kamble of India who used the website to offer advertising links and products, some related to Disney’s trademarks.The panel found that the domain name was confusingly similar to the DISNEY mark. In addition, the respondent used the website for commercial gain and therefore had no legitimate rights in it. Furthermore, DisneyComics.com was registered and being used in bad faith by the respondent who took advantage of the confusing similarity between the disputed domain name and Disney’s famous mark. Because the complainant proved all three elements required of the ICANN Policy, the request to transfer DisneyComics.com to Disney Enterprises, Inc. was granted on March 27, 2007.JimmyBuffettUniversity.comOn February 22, 2007, Margaritaville Enterprises, LLC, controlled by popular singer Jimmy Buffett, submitted a complaint electronically with the National Arbitration Forum asserting legal rights to the domain names BuffettUniversity.com, JBuffett.com, JimmyBuffettUniversity.com and UniversityOfBuffett.com.The panel concluded that the Jimmy Buffett-themed domain names were identical or confusingly similar to the registered trademark JIMMY BUFFETT. Furthermore, the respondent and registered owner Whapp Innovations, Inc. was using the domain names to operate pay-per-click websites and thusly for commercial gain. It was clear to the panel that the respondent had no rights or legitimate interests in the domain names and had registered and used them in bad faith. On April 2, 2007, the panel found that the complainant had established all three elements required under the ICANN Policy and had defended successfully its trademark in domain name dispute resolution. The four domain names were ordered to be transferred to Jimmy Buffett.Angels.comOn February 26, 2007, the Los Angeles Major League Baseball team, Angels Baseball, filed a complaint electronically with the National Arbitration Forum against Lee Dongyeon, the registered owner of Angels.com. The respondent, of Korea, requested the dispute be decided by a three-member panel.The panel found that Angels.com was identical to the complainant’s ANGELS trademark. However, it was found that the Respondent had registered the ANGELS mark in Korea without any opposition from the American baseball team. Because the respondent has trademark rights in the domain name, Angels Baseball failed to prove this element. Finally, the panel found that the respondent may not have known of complainant and therefore did not register Angels.com in bad faith. Although the baseball team uses ANGELS as a trademark, it failed to prove two of three elements required under the ICANN policy to transfer a domain name. The panel denied the transfer of Angels.com to Angels Baseball on May 14, 2007.About the National Arbitration ForumThe National Arbitration Forum, an industry leader in arbitration and mediation services for over 20 years, is an expert in the resolution of Internet-based disputes. An innovator in the industry, the National Arbitration Forum serves as one of three primary providers of the ICANN domain name dispute resolution program, resolving issues involving disputed trademarks. Over 8,000 intellectual property cases have been filed through the National Arbitration Forum’s state-of-the-art case management system. For more information, visit http://www.adrforum.com/.For more information:Domain Name Dispute ResolutionFact SheetSearchable Case Database Disney Enterprises, Inc. v. Dayanand Kamble DecisionMargaritaville Enterprise, LLC v. Whapp Innovations DecisionAngels Baseball, L.P. v. Lee Dongyeon Decision# # #

National Arbitration Forum Issues Decision on Stevie Wonder’s Domain Name

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

A National Arbitration Forum arbitrator awards Stevie Wonder the rights to the Internet domain name stevie-wonder.com.MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., (PRWEB) January 25, 2006 — Grammy award-winning musician and entertainer Stevland Morris (known by the stage name Stevie Wonder) successfully defended his trademark in arbitration following the discovery that stevie-wonder.com was being used by another party.Stevland Morris a/k/a Stevie Wonder filed a complaint electronically with the National Arbitration Forum asserting legal rights to the domain name stevie-wonder.com. The arbitrator found that the domain name was registered by the Respondent, Lad, on April 27, 2000, and resolved to a web page featuring information about the famed musician as well as links to various competing and non-competing commercial websites.Ruling in Stevie Wonder’s favor, the National Arbitration Forum arbitrator concluded that Wonder had established common law rights in the STEVIE WONDER trademark based on Wonder’s 40+ years of celebrated composing, recording and performing. The arbitrator ruled that stevie-wonder.com was “confusingly similar” to the STEVIE WONDER trademark and that the Respondent registered and used the domain name in bad faith by incorporating the trademark without Wonder’s permission or consent. The arbitrator further ruled that the Respondent, who did not submit a response in the case, lacked legitimate rights to, or interest in, the disputed domain name, and ordered that it be transferred to Wonder.The decision was reached in accordance with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a popular alternative to lengthy and expensive trademark lawsuits. The National Arbitration Forum administers more than 1,000 Internet domain dispute resolutions like that of Stevie Wonder each year.A copy of the decision, Stevland Morris a/k/a Stevie Wonder v. Lad, is available for viewing on the National Arbitration Forum website at: http://www.arb-forum.com/domains/decisions/584849.htm.About the National Arbitration ForumThe National Arbitration Forum is one of the world’s leading providers of alternative dispute resolution solutions, including arbitration and mediation, representing a distinguished panel of over 1,500 attorneys and retired judges in the U.S. and in 29 countries. Founded in 1986, the National Arbitration Forum administers more than 50,000 cases annually. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the National Arbitration Forum also has offices located in New Jersey and Los Angeles. Additional information is available at the National Arbitration Forum’s website at http://www.arbitration-forum.com/.# # #

Lawyers Associated Worldwide and FORUM Dispute Management Form Strategic Alliance

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Purpose of new alliance is to reduce the cost and time delays of international business litigation. Minneapolis (PRWeb) January 11, 2007 — FORUM Dispute Management, an affiliate of the prominent alternative dispute resolution provider, National Arbitration Forum, and Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW), an international association of independent law firms have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on an international level.”The FORUM and the LAW group have the same burgeoning interest in providing fair and affordable civil justice throughout the world; our new relationship will help achieve that vital goal,” said Roger Haydock, National Arbitration Forum’s Director of Education. “In our relationship with LAW, we will work to create opportunities for ways to resolve international legal problems that maintain business relationships, by resolving disputes fairly and quickly.”The two organizations came together as a result of the efforts of the National Arbitration Forum’s Haydock and Chief Operating Officer Michael Kelly and three LAW members: Jason Lim Chen Thor, a partner in the Singapore-based firm of Michael Khoo and Partners; Seymour Mansfield, a partner at Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen PA, in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and LAW chairman, Christopher McCracken, a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP, in Cleveland, Ohio.Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) sessions are typically viewed as swift and affordable. Worldwide, ADR offers businesses and individuals a method of dispute resolution that minimizes the risks, delays and costs associated with litigating in foreign countries’ local judicial systems.Singapore LAW member, Chen Thor, noted that utilizing international ADR “will often avoid complex problems related to the enforceability of court decrees and the exercise of jurisdiction over business parties from different countries, which is a vexing and ubiquitous issue in international business disputes.”This professional alliance will expand the FORUM’s panel of worldwide, independent neutrals by adding qualified, experienced LAW members to serve as arbitrators, mediators, special masters and other ADR neutrals in resolving disputes for parties. Currently, LAW has 87 member firms in 47 countries, and the FORUM has over 1,500 arbitrators and mediators located throughout the 50 United States, U.S. territories and 35 foreign countries.”This strategic alliance between the FORUM and LAW helps create a vital part of the infrastructure essential to success of international business,” Minneapolis LAW member, Seymour Mansfield, added. “Our alliance will provide the resources and expertise for resolving disputes internationally without costly and time consuming litigation.”For more information about Lawyers Associated Worldwide, please contact Nancy Eiler in Cleveland, Ohio, USA at +1.440.527.0218 or neiler@exponentialresults.com.For more information about the National Arbitration Forum or Forum Dispute Management, please contact Christina Doucet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA at +1.952.516.6486 or cdoucet@adrforum.com.About FORUM Dispute ManagementFORUM Dispute management is an affiliate of the National Arbitration Forum (FORUM), one of the world’s leading providers of alternative dispute resolution services. Committed to the integrity of the legal process, FORUM Dispute Management and the National Arbitration Forum share and maintain a distinguished panel of over 1,500 attorneys and retired judges who are located throughout the U.S. and in 35 countries around the world. By administering dispute resolution solutions that save time and money, the National Arbitration Forum and FORUM Dispute Management provide an efficient and effective service for all legal parties. The National Arbitration Forum and FORUM Dispute Management are headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with offices in New Jersey and Southern California. For more information visit the National Arbitration Forum’s website at http://www.adrforum.com/.About Lawyers Associated WorldwideLawyers Associated Worldwide is an association of more than 87 independent law firms located in over 110 major commercial centers throughout the world, spanning six continents. Membership in LAW allows member firms to service the legal needs of clients who are expanding their operations and relationships into new domestic and foreign markets because of the increasing globalization of the business world. LAW’s practice group areas worldwide cover aboriginal law to zoning, planning to intellectual property, land use to mergers and acquisitions. http://www.lawyersworldwide.com© Copyright 2007 Lawyers Associated WorldwideLAWYERS ASSOCIATED WORLDWIDE and the design in which it appears are marks or registered marks (for services or collective membership) in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries.###

Stetson University College of Law Wins Second Annual Arbitration Competition National Finals

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Competition draws participants from 23 national law schools. Minneapolis, MN (PRWeb) November 28, 2006 — www.adrforum.com — Stetson University College of Law, represented by Megan Lattz, Shannon McMahon, Sarah Olsen and Stuart Weissman, defeated eleven other law school teams in the second annual Arbitration Competition National Finals held in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 17-18. The competition was co-sponsored by the National Arbitration Forum and the ABA Law Student Division.Each team argued in a mock arbitration that was judged by attorneys, National Arbitration Forum arbitrators and other nationally recognized arbitrators. During the mock arbitration hearings, four-member teams acted as lawyers and witnesses in an insurance coverage dispute involving a disaster. Students prepared and presented an arbitration case, including opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations and summations.”The students really learn the nuances of case development, which is a difficult and crucial skill to master,” said professors Kelly Feeley and Roberta Flowers of Stetson University College of Law, coaches of the 2006 National Champion team. “Honing these skills in law school makes these students more attractive to employers who want new associates prepared for all areas of the practice. We are so pleased that this competition has been added to the ABA Law Student Division’s roster of competitions. Participation and success in the arbitration competition benefits students both during and after law school.”This year’s Arbitration Competition saw an increase in student participation and school representation. A total of 108 students from 23 American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law schools attended the Regional Competitions, with 48 students from 10 schools advancing to the National Finals in Austin. This is a significant increase from 2005, when 80 students from 20 ABA-approved law schools participated at the inaugural Arbitration Competition at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn.The National Finals were held at the home of 2005 National Champion Team, the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, who this year took third place. Teams, composed of ABA Law Student Division members, made their way to the National Finals by competing in the Regional Competitions and earning a spot as a Champion, Finalist or Semifinalist. Regional Competitions took place over two weekends in October and were hosted by the University of Miami School of Law, University of Toledo College of Law and Marquette University Law School.”The National Arbitration Forum is very pleased to continue sponsoring the ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition. This educational event helps aspiring lawyers learn about modern arbitration practice,” said Roger Haydock, director of education for the National Arbitration Forum and chair of the Arbitration Competition Subcommittee of the ABA Law Student Division’s Competitions Committee. “As the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) continues to rapidly grow, so does the need for experienced new professionals, and this national competition is an excellent way to spread the word about arbitration.”ResultsFirst Place, National Champion TeamStetson University College of Law, Megan Lattz, Shannon McMahon, Sarah Olsen and Stuart Weissman, coached by Professor Kelly Feeley and Professor Roberta Flowers.Second Place, Finalist TeamTexas Tech University, Jonathan Stovall, Derek Knolton, Geeda Yadav and Scott Goble, coached by Professor D. Murray Hensley.Third Place (tie), Semifinalist TeamsThe University of Texas School of Law, Courtney Barksdale, Dave Campbell, Wesley Cooper and Casey Kaplan, coached by Professor Tracy McCormack.William Mitchell College of Law, Megan Bjerke, Elizabeth Roff, Jennifer Ryan and Rebecca Sonntag, coached by Professor Christine Ver Ploeg and Adjunct Professor Dawn Van Tassel.About the ABA Law Student DivisionWith nearly 52,000 members, the ABA Law Student Division is the largest professional student organization in the United States. The division provides law students with opportunities for legal education, professional skills development and career counsel. Each year the division sponsors four competitions: the Arbitration Competition, the Client Counseling Competition, the National Appellate Advocacy Competition and the Negotiation Competition.About the American Bar AssociationWith more than 413,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law in a democratic society.About the National Arbitration ForumThe National Arbitration Forum (FORUM) is one of the world’s leading providers of alternative dispute resolution services, including arbitration and mediation. Committed to the integrity of America’s legal process, the National Arbitration Forum has maintained a distinguished panel of over 1,500 attorneys and retired judges who follow and apply the substantive law when rendering legal decisions for the past 20 years. National Arbitration Forum mediators and arbitrators are located across the U.S. and in 35 countries around the world. By administering dispute resolution solutions that save time and money, the National Arbitration Forum provides an efficient and effective service for all legal parties. Publisher of the ADR Law & Policy Update, the National Arbitration Forum is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with offices in New Jersey and Southern California. For more information visit the National Arbitration Forum’s website at http://www.adrforum.com/.More information about the arbitration competition and a photograph of this year’s National Champion Team, can be found on the FORUM blog, http://arbitration-forum.blogspot.com/, and the ABA Law Student Division webpage, http://www.abanet.org/lsd/competitions/arbitration/home.html.# # #

National Arbitration Forum Issues Three Decisions on Internet Trademark Domain Name Disputes

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

VinDiesel.com, www.LV.com and www.NYYankees.com MINNEAPOLIS, MN (PRWeb) November 21, 2006 — http://www.domain-disputes.com – The National Arbitration Forum recently issued decisions on three separate domain name disputes filed by Vin Diesel, Louis Vuitton and the New York Yankees during the month of September; each was settled within two months.”The National Arbitration Forum has administered over 7,200 domain dispute cases to date,” said Curtis Brown, vice president of the National Arbitration Forum. “Arbitration has become the premier alternative to lengthy and expensive trademark lawsuits.”All decisions were reached in accordance with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).www.VinDiesel.comOn September 25, 2006, Vin Diesel the lead actor in The Fast and the Furious and other Hollywood movies filed a complaint electronically with the National Arbitration Forum asserting legal rights to the domain name www.vindiesel.com. The arbitrator found that the domain name was being used by the Respondent, L.M. Nordell of Sweden to display links to various competing and non-competing commercial websites that relate to the famed actor.Because of his appearance in several popular films, the National Arbitration Forum arbitrator ruled in Vin Diesel’s favor, concluding that Diesel had established common law rights in the “Vin Diesel” trademark. The arbitrator ruled that www.vindiesel.com was confusingly similar to the “Vin Diesel” trademark and that the Respondent registered and used the domain name in bad faith by incorporating the trademark without Diesel’s permission or consent. The arbitrator further ruled that the Respondent, lacked legitimate rights to, or interest in, the disputed domain name. On November 7, 2006, the Complainant successfully defended his trademark in domain name arbitration; www.vindiesel.com was ordered to be transferred to Vin Diesel.www.LV.comOn September 14, 2006, the high-end fashion bag retailer Louis Vuitton Malletier filed a complaint electronically with the National Arbitration Forum against Manifest Information Services, the registered owner of lv.com. The National Arbitration Forum found that the webpage resolved to a blank page that was once used as a directory of Las Vegas services and businesses.The Panel found that the owner of lv.com had legitimate interest in lv.com and had not used the lv.com domain name in bad faith. Although Louis Vuitton Malletier uses “LV” initials as a trademark, Louis Vuitton failed to meet all three elements required under the ICANN policy to transfer a domain name. For this reason, the National Arbitration Forum denied transfer of lv.com to Louis Vuitton on November 7, 2006.www.NYYankees.comThe New York Yankees, one of the world’s most recognized and followed professional sports teams, submitted their complaint electronically on September 14, 2006. The National Arbitration Forum found that the domain name, nyyankees.com was being used by Covanta Corporation to display links of third-party commercial websites that sell tickets to baseball games as well as merchandise bearing the New York Yankees mark without authorization.The arbitrator found that the domain name was confusingly similar to the New York Yankees’ trademark and that the Respondent of nyyankees.com had no legitimate interest in the domain name. Furthermore, the domain name was being used to attract Internet users for commercial gain by creating a likelihood of confusion between the disputed domain name and Complainant’s mark. Therefore, the domain name was registered and being used in bad faith. The National Arbitration Forum ordered NYYankees.com to be transferred to the New York Yankees on November 14, 2006.Visit http://www.domain-disputes.com/national-arbitration-forum.htm for more information on filing domain disputes with the National Arbitration Forum.About the National Arbitration ForumThe National Arbitration Forum is one of the world’s leading providers of alternative dispute resolution services, including arbitration and mediation. Committed to the integrity of America’s legal process, the National Arbitration Forum maintains a distinguished panel of over 1,500 attorneys and retired judges who follow and apply the substantive law when rendering legal decisions. National Arbitration Forum mediators and arbitrators are located across the U.S. and in 35 countries around the world. By administering dispute resolution solutions that save time and money, the National Arbitration Forum provides an efficient and effective service for all legal parties. A leader in the dispute resolution industry for 20 years, the National Arbitration Forum is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with offices in New Jersey and Southern California. For more information visit the National Arbitration Forum’s website at http://www.adrforum.com/.More information about the decisions can be found at:Vin Diesel v. LMN a/k/a L.M. NordellLouis Vuitton Malletier S.A. v. Manifest Information Services c/o Manifest Hostmaster New York Yankees Partnership d/b/a The New York Yankees Baseball Club v. Covanta Corporation###

 
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