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National Arbitration Forum Develops New Dispute Resolution e-Newsletter for Legal Community

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

ADR Law & Policy Update provides legal community with a weekly round-up of alternative dispute resolution case law, legislative and regulatory actions.MINNEAPOLIS, MN (PRWEB) August 15, 2006 — Today, the National Arbitration Forum officially launched a new educational e-newsletter called the ADR Law & Policy Update. Legal professionals, judges and others interested can access the latest in federal and state cases and legislative and regulatory happenings pertaining to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) all in one newsletter. This newsletter is a first-of-its-kind and provides legal professionals an easy way to stay up-to-date on legal developments concerning ADR.“As the trend toward ADR continues to grow, there is an abundance of ADR case law, legislation and regulation,” said Curtis Brown, vice president of the National Arbitration Forum. “In fact, there is so much that it becomes difficult to track and categorize. So, we plan to bring it all together for people in a format that is easy to digest. We are proud to offer this information to the legal community and all others who are interested and hope they find it useful.”The ADR Law & Policy Update e-newsletter is a complimentary service of the National Arbitration Forum and is delivered every week via e-mail to subscribers. Those interested in subscribing to the e-newsletter are to visit the National Arbitration Forum’s website at http://www.adrforum.com and click on “Subscribe” under the ADR Law & Policy Update heading on the homepage. Visitors are required to register for a subscription; however the e-newsletter is free-of-charge. Registering for the subscription service also allows subscribers access to a searchable archive of all cases covered in ADR Law & Policy Updates.The archive of the ADR Law & Policy cases, available on the National Arbitration Forum’s website, will be searchable by category. Subscribers can search by case name, state and jurisdiction and by subject matter categories. This feature allows subscribers with varying interests to select the archived content most relevant to them.The National Arbitration Forum anticipates an initial subscription membership of 1,000 readers for the e-newsletter in the first year.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/.# # #

National Arbitration Forum Launches Redesigned Website

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

New design, improved navigation and more in-depth content offer visitors more customized experience MINNEAPOLIS, MN (PRWEB) July 6, 2006 — The National Arbitration Forum recently unveiled its redesigned website, www.adrforum.com, featuring a new look and feel, more visitor-friendly navigation and greater search capabilities which allow visitors access to the most relevant information that fits their individual needs. The redesigned National Arbitration Forum website aims to help reduce the time visitors spend looking for information as well as aims to educate visitors about the benefits and advantages of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and the company’s spectrum of services.“Our website is our main portal to communicate with our users and all other visitors interested in learning about arbitration and mediation,” said Curtis Brown, vice president of the National Arbitration Forum. “The new site design and navigation will make things easier and will help people better understand who we are and our brand of alternative dispute resolution.”The new National Arbitration Forum site, www.adrforum.com, includes several improvements and adds new features including the following:

  • A new “Online Tools” section was added to allow users faster and simpler access to commonly-performed website actions and frequently visited pages,

National Arbitration Forum and Hart ADR Merge to Form FORUM Dispute Management in California

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

New entity creates larger mediation and construction base of operations for the dispute resolution administratorLOS ANGELES and MINNEAPOLIS, MN (PRWEB) May 16, 2006 — The National Arbitration Forum and Hart ADR, founded by Ross R. Hart, Esq., have recently joined together to better serve the dispute resolution needs of the California construction and real estate industries. This strategic partnership will allow parties with construction and/or real estate related disputes to access an experienced panel of arbitrators and mediators and will create a more efficient resolution process. The merged entity is now named FORUM Dispute Management.FORUM Dispute Management will leverage Hart ADR’s specialized panel of construction arbitrators and mediators and the National Arbitration Forum’s state-of-art case management system and its ability to customize specialized ADR programs.“This partnership seemed like a natural fit,” said Ross Hart. “The National Arbitration Forum’s administration services are exemplary. By joining together, we can offer clients an experienced panel and stellar case management. It is a win-win for those in need of efficient and effective dispute resolution.”The California FORUM Dispute Management panel will initially be comprised of Ross Hart, Tom Craigo, Mike Bayard, Joseph Liebman and Robert Mann, who possess over 75 years of combined legal experience in construction, construction defect, insurance and other related disputes. The office will be managed by ADR industry veteran, John Horn, who is western regional director of the National Arbitration Forum.“Ross and the other Hart ADR panelists are preeminent experts in the field of construction,” said Ed Anderson, managing director of the National Arbitration Forum. “Partnering with Hart ADR helps expand our reach, both geographically and in terms of expanding our service offerings. We have been strengthening our construction ADR services over the last few years and forming this new entity that focuses primarily on construction-related disputes is the next step in the right direction for us.”FORUM Dispute Management’s services will focus primarily on mediation and will utilize the National Arbitration Forum’s ability to provide flexible out-of-court solutions for a variety of construction and real estate disputes.For more information about FORUM Dispute Management and its services, contact 213-487-8660 or visit http://www.arb-forum.com/focus/construction/.About FORUM Dispute ManagementAn affiliate of the National Arbitration Forum located in Southern California, FORUM Dispute Management provides construction alternative dispute resolution services to parties in the western United States. With a distinguished panel of mediators and arbitrators, FORUM Dispute Management handles construction and real-estate related disputes in an efficient and effective manner.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 29 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/.###

National Arbitration Forum Names Michael Kelly Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

Former Minnesota Vikings Executive Vice President will oversee legal and business operations for dispute resolution administrator. Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) May 9, 2006 — http://www.adrforum.com — The National Arbitration Forum (FORUM), one of the nation’s largest providers of out-of-court dispute resolution services, has hired Michael Kelly as its new chief operating officer and general counsel. Kelly is responsible for managing the company’s operations and legal affairs to position the FORUM for anticipated future growth in the dispute resolution industry.In 2005, disputing legal parties entrusted the FORUM to resolve legal claims worth more than $3 billion. Fueled by several years of large-scale growth, the company moved to larger headquarters in Minneapolis and opened offices in New Jersey and California. The increasing growth, in terms of revenue and national operations, prompted the need for the COO position. Kelly is the first to hold this position with the FORUM. Prior to Kelly, operational oversight was handled by the FORUM’s managing director and board of directors.“We’ve seen the number of legal claims we resolve annually triple over the past three years,” said Ed Anderson, managing director of the FORUM. “The board recognized we needed to bring on operational talent to best position our organization for the future. Mike understands the legal intricacies of our business and brings the expertise we need.”Prior to joining the National Arbitration Forum, Kelly was the senior vice president of strategy and business development for Gander Mountain. Before that, he was the executive vice president for the Minnesota Vikings for nearly five years. Kelly was also a partner with Minneapolis law firm Faegre & Benson.“I’m excited about the opportunity to help position the FORUM for its next level of success,” said Mike Kelly. “The increasing popularity of ADR puts the FORUM in an excellent posture for growth, which is why I was so attracted to this position.”Michael Kelly served on the Edina City Council for eight years and was the Mayor Pro Tem for four years. In 1999, Kelly was selected by CityBusiness as one of its “40 Under 40,” recognizing future community and business leaders in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Kelly was also selected as a “Super Lawyer” and a “Rising Star” by his peers in the legal community in two surveys published by Minnesota Law and Politics.Kelly received his Bachelor of Arts and law degrees from Notre Dame. In law school, he was awarded a scholarship through the Thomas J. White Center on Law and Government. As a White Scholar, Kelly worked as research editor for the Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy.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 29 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. Now in business for 20 years, the National Arbitration Forum is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with offices in New Jersey and Los Angeles. For more information visit the National Arbitration Forum’s website at http://www.adrforum.com/.###

National Arbitration Forum to Sponsor and Lead Training Sessions at American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Leading ADR experts provide will provide training and updates on developments in the alternative dispute resolution field MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., (PRWEB) March 30, 2006 — http://www.arbitration-forum.com/ – National Arbitration Forum attorneys will speak at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference “ADR on My Mind in Georgia” being held April 5-8 in Atlanta, Ga.National Arbitration Forum Director of Education Roger Haydock, Esq. will lead a skills training session entitled “Discovery in Arbitration: What Advocates and Arbitrators Can (and Cannot) Do!” on April 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Haydock will conduct an interactive skills workshop that addresses discovery in arbitration including the rules, motion practice and the parameters around decision making.Haydock will also be a panelist on a panel entitled “From Apologies to Mandatory Mediation: A Comprehensive ADR Legislative and Regulatory Round-Up” on April 6 from 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. This presentation will provide an overview of federal and state legislation and regulations concerning dispute resolution.Other panelists include:

  • Paul Bennett Marrow, Chappaqua, N.Y. and National Arbitration Forum arbitrator/mediator
  • Robert Feagin, Decker, Hallman, Barber & Briggs, Atlanta, Ga. and National Arbitration Forum arbitrator/mediator

American Land Title Association Appoints National Arbitration Forum as New Administrator for Title Insurance Arbitrations

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

The American Land Title Association appoints National Arbitration Forum as the New Administrator for Title Insurance Arbitrations. Administrator to create efficiencies and lower costs for title insurers and insureds in the dispute resolution process.Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) March 23, 2006 — http://www.arbitration-forum.com – After a comprehensive review of its Title Insurance Arbitration Rules (TIAR) and arbitration system, the American Land Title Association (ALTA) has appointed the National Arbitration Forum as its new administrator for title insurance arbitrations. The TIAR as administered by the National Arbitration Forum creates a fair, transparent, efficient and cost-effective system for the resolution of disputes that may arise between title insurance companies and insureds under title insurance policies.“At the time of our system review, we found the title insurance industry in need of a more fair and economical process for resolving disputes,” said Rande Yeager, president of ALTA. “We chose the National Arbitration Forum because of its reputation and its experience in developing specialized programs, but, more importantly, because of the firm’s willingness to commit resources to developing the system, including the arbitrator panel, and to provide a solution that creates efficiencies that ultimately benefit all parties.”The updated TIAR, effective January 1, 2006, now incorporates the National Arbitration Forum’s Code of Procedure and Fee Schedule. This system will ensure the independence and neutrality of the arbitrators and the institution administering the arbitrations; it also holds down costs and further strengthens the enforceability of arbitration decisions handed down under the title insurance arbitration system. The National Arbitration Forum also provides its services to administer the arbitrations.The National Arbitration Forum’s Code of Procedure provides rules that ensure that all legal remedies are available to parties, making any relief available in a judicial forum available in a National Arbitration Forum arbitration. Specifically, the National Arbitration Forum’s Code of Procedure and Fee Schedule:

National Arbitration Forum Issues Decision on Pearl Jam’s Web Address

Friday, January 6th, 2006

A National Arbitration Forum arbitrator rules in favor of alternative rock band Pearl Jam regarding the Internet domain name pearljams.com.Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) January 6, 2006 — The National Arbitration Forum announced today that a ruling has been issued in favor of alternative rock band Pearl Jam regarding the rights to pearljams.com (Claim Number: FA0511000593325).Pearl Jam, A General Partnership, represented by Leslie C. Ruiter of Stokes Lawrence, P.S., filed a complaint electronically with the National Arbitration Forum on November 8, 2005, asserting legal rights to the domain name pearljams.com. The address was registered with Domain Systems, Inc. by the Respondent, Vertical Axis, Inc. c/o Domain Administrator, on August 25, 2005. The panel found that the domain was being used without permission to refer Internet users to a variety of commercial web sites unrelated to Pearl Jam, including links to “Sponsored Results for Eddie Vedder,” “Eddie Vedder at Amazon.com, Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder-$9.99 and Eddie Vedder on Yahoo!Music,” and, later, to categorized links, including links to “Freshwater Pearl,” “Jam,” and “Eddie Vedder,” as well as “chess,” “music,” “Fischer,” “ICC,” and “Blitz.”Ruling in Pearl Jam’s favor, National Arbitration Forum arbitrator Bruce E. Meyerson concluded that pearljams.com was “confusingly similar” to the PEARL JAM trademark, which was registered on August 15, 1995 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Meyerson also found that Vertical Axis, Inc. did not have legitimate rights to, or interest in, the disputed Web address, and was using the address in bad faith for its own commercial gain. Vertical Axis, Inc. did not submit a response in the case.The National Arbitration Forum administers more than 1,000 Internet domain dispute resolutions similar to that of the Pearl Jam dispute each year under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The domain name dispute resolution process is a popular alternative to lengthy and expensive trademark lawsuits.A copy of the decision, Pearl Jam, A General Partnership v. Vertical Axis, Inc. c/o Domain Administrator, is available for viewing on the National Arbitration Forum website at:http://www.arb-forum.com/domains/decisions/593325.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/.# # #

National Arbitration Forum Issues Decision on George Foreman’s Web Address

Friday, January 6th, 2006

A National Arbitration Forum arbitrator rules in favor of heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman regarding the Internet domain name georgeforemanenterprises.com.Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) January 9, 2006 — The National Arbitration Forum announced today that a ruling has been issued in favor of heavyweight boxing champion and Olympic gold medalist George Foreman regarding the rights to georgeforemanenterprises.com (Claim Number: FA0511000599036).George Foreman Ventures LLC, represented by Jeanine L. Gibbs of Wargo & French LLP, filed a complaint electronically with the National Arbitration Forum on November 17, 2005, asserting legal rights to the domain name georgeforemanenterprises.com. The panel found that the Web address was registered by the Respondent, “zinnia c/o Zinnia Gonzalez,” on August 18, 2005, and resolved to an “under construction” web page.Ruling in George Foreman Ventures LLC’s favor, National Arbitration Forum arbitrator Hon. James A. Carmody Esq. concluded that georgeforemanenterprises.com was “confusingly similar” to the GEORGE FOREMAN trademark, to which George Foreman established common law rights based on his celebrity status and boxing career. Judge Carmody also ruled that the Respondent did not have legitimate rights to, or interest in, the disputed Web address. The Respondent, who did not submit a response in the case, failed to demonstrate plans to use the domain name, leading to Carmody’s finding of bad faith registration and use. The Respondent’s previous attempt to sell the domain name registration to George Foreman Ventures LLC further reinforced the bad faith finding.The National Arbitration Forum administers more than 1,000 Internet domain dispute resolutions similar to that of George Foreman Ventures LLC each year under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The domain name dispute resolution process is a popular alternative to lengthy and expensive trademark lawsuits.A copy of the decision, George Foreman Ventures LLC v. zinnia c/o Zinnia Gonzalez, is available for viewing on the National Arbitration Forum website at: http://www.arb-forum.com/domains/decisions/599036.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/.Contact:Kimberly Johnson952.516.6478# # #

National Arbitration Forum Issues Decision on Will Smith’s Web Address

Friday, December 9th, 2005

A National Arbitration Forum arbitrator rules in favor of musician and movie star Will Smith regarding the Internet domain name willsmith.tv. Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) December 9, 2005 — The National Arbitration Forum announced today that a ruling has been issued in favor of celebrity Will Smith regarding the rights to willsmith.tv (Claim Number FA0510000587480).Willard C. Smith II, represented by Allen B. Grodsky, filed a complaint electronically with the National Arbitration Forum on October 26, 2005, asserting legal rights to the domain name willsmith.tv. The address was registered by the Respondent, “Barney Rubble,” of Vancouver, British Columbia, on November 3, 2004. The panel found that the domain was being used to advertise products and services completely unrelated to Smith, including materials used in the cultivation of marijuana.Ruling in Smith’s favor, a National Arbitration Forum arbitrator concluded that willsmith.tv was “confusingly similar” to the WILL SMITH mark, which Smith registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in February 2002. The arbitrator also found that the Respondent did not have legitimate rights to, or interest in, the disputed Web address, and was using the address in bad faith for his own commercial gain. Further reinforcing the bad faith finding was the fact that the Respondent had attempted to sell Smith the rights to the domain name.The National Arbitration Forum administers more than 1,000 Internet domain disputes similar to that of the Will Smith dispute each year under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The domain name dispute process is a popular alternative to lengthy and expensive trademark lawsuits.A copy of the decision, Willard C. Smith, II v Barney Rubble, is available for viewing on the National Arbitration Forum website at: http://www.arb-forum.com/domains/decisions/587480.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 www.arbitration-forum.com.Contact:Kimberly Johnson952.516.6478# # #

The National Arbitration Forum Launches National ADR Educational Awareness Campaign

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

The National Arbitration Forum to heighten awareness among the legal community, the business community and the general public about the importance and benefits of alternative dispute resolution. Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) November 9, 2005 — The National Arbitration Forum (NAF), http://www.arbitration-forum.com, is launching a national education campaign to heighten awareness about alternative dispute resolution (ADR), its benefits and the importance of exploring alternative options when deciding how to resolve legal disputes. The National Arbitration Forum’s campaign will include a redesigned educational web site, the launch of a national coalition of ADR advocates, a new series of educational publications and an expanded online communications effort, including its expanded National Arbitration Forum Blog.“The National Arbitration Forum exists to provide individuals and businesses with fair and efficient ways to resolve legal disputes,” said Curtis Brown, general counsel of the National Arbitration Forum. “As our nation continues to see the number of disputes rise and the costs of litigation becoming more and more burdensome, now is the right time to educate consumers and businesses about the benefits and range of options available outside the court system, so that they can make informed decisions about how they best handle their disputes.”The National Arbitration Forum’s campaign will focus on educating individuals, businesses and the legal community about:

 
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