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National Arbitration Forum Issues Decision on Football Great Emmitt Smith’s Web Address

Friday, October 28th, 2005

A National Arbitration Forum arbitrator rules in favor of Emmitt Smith regarding the Internet domain name emmittsmith.com. Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) October 28, 2005 — The National Arbitration Forum announced today that a ruling has been issued in favor of former Dallas Cowboy and all-time NFL rushing yards leader Emmitt Smith regarding the rights to emmittsmith.com.The National Arbitration Forum received an electronic complaint on September 8, 2005 from Emmitt Smith III, represented by John A. Thomas, of Glast, Phillips & Murray, P.C., asserting legal rights to the domain name emmittsmith.com. The address was registered by the Respondent, EMMITSMITH.com c/o Whois IDentity Shield, of Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 17, 2001. It redirected Internet users to a commercial website featuring links to third-party businesses unrelated to Emmitt Smith.National Arbitration Forum arbitrator Tyrus R. Atkinson, Jr. ruled in favor of Emmitt Smith. The arbitrator determined that Smith possesses common law rights in his name based on the fame and reputation associated with his NFL career, and that the Web address emmittsmith.com was “confusingly similar” to Smith’s name. Atkinson 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 presumably earning commissions for redirecting Internet traffic to third-party commercial sites.During the course of the proceedings, the Respondent’s registration of the domain name emmittsmith.com was either deleted or expired, prompting Smith to redeem the domain name under the new Expired Domain Deletion Policy (EDDP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This was the first decision issued by the National Arbitration Forum utilizing the EDDP.The National Arbitration Forum hears thousands of disputes every year that are similar to that of Emmitt Smith. The domain name dispute process is a popular alternative to lengthy and expensive trademark lawsuits.The National Arbitration Forum website provides a copy of the decision, Emmitt J. Smith, III v. EMMITTSMITH.COM c/o Whois IDentity Shield, at:http://www.arb-forum.com/domains/decisions/555486.htm.For more information about National Arbitration Forum and to access its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) newsletter, visit http://arbitration-forum.blogspot.com/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. The National Arbitration Forum also publishes an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) newsletter and blog (http://arbitration-forum.blogspot.com/). Additional information is available at the National Arbitration Forum’s website at www.arbitration-forum.com.Contact:Kimberly Johnson952.516.6478# # #

National Arbitration Forum Responds to Hurricane Katrina

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

The National Arbitration Forum (NAF) halts hearings and other case proceedings involving parties affected by Hurricane Katrina.MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. (PRWEB) September 8, 2005 — The National Arbitration Forum announced today that it will automatically halt hearings and other proceedings involving parties who reside or do business in Louisiana and Mississippi, where the United States Postal Service has suspended service, until October 3, 2005, due to the recent destruction and loss experienced by Hurricane Katrina. The National Arbitration Forum will also liberally grant additional stays to those otherwise affected by this tragedy on a case-by-case basis.The National Arbitration Forum has halted case proceedings for parties who reside or do business in the following zip codes: Mississippi – zip codes beginning with 369, 393, 394, 395, 396; Louisiana – zip codes beginning with 700, 701. Parties with inquiries should contact the National Arbitration Forum at 1-800-474-2371.“Our deepest sympathies go out to all those in the Southeastern United States, and everyone affected by this recent disaster,” said Curtis Brown, general counsel at the National Arbitration Forum. “We understand that people are not able and are not prepared to continue with case proceedings at this time.”The National Arbitration Forum will contribute to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort and is matching National Arbitration Forum employee and arbitrator/mediator donations, dollar for dollar.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 Web site at http://www.arbitration-forum.com.###

National Arbitration Forum Issues Decision on AARP Web Address

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

A National Arbitration Forum arbitrator rules in favor of AARP regarding the Internet domain name aarppharmacyservices.com MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. (PRWEB) August 31, 2005 — The National Arbitration Forum announced today that a ruling has been issued in favor of AARP, a leading non-profit organization for individuals over fifty, regarding rights to the Internet domain name aarppharmacyservices.com.AARP, represented by Melise R. Blakeslee of McDermott, Will, & Emery LLP, filed a complaint electronically with the National Arbitration Forum on July 12, 2005, asserting legal rights to the Web address bearing close resemblance to aarppharmacy.com.Ruling in AARP’s favor, National Arbitration Forum arbitrator Sandra Franklin found that the other party, domains Ventures, registered the domain name aarppharmacyservices.com on October 18, 2003. The AARP trademark has been registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 1962. The disputed domain name resolves to a website featuring links that contain AARP’s mark, as well as links to various competing and non-competing commercial websites for which domains Ventures was presumably receiving referral fees.The arbitrator found that domains Ventures did not have legitimate rights to, or interest in, the disputed Web address, and that the Web address was confusingly similar to AARP’s trademark. The arbitrator also found that domain Ventures was using the address in bad faith by presumably profiting from the use of the domain name. Under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the disputed domain name will be transferred to AARP within ten business days unless domains Ventures commences a lawsuit contesting the decision.AARP’s Internet domain dispute is one of thousands heard each year by the National Arbitration Forum. The domain name dispute process is a popular alternative to lengthy and expensive trademark lawsuits.A copy of the decision, AARP v. domains Ventures, is available for viewing on the National Arbitration Forum Web site at: http://www.arb-forum.com/domains/decisions/514786.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 Web site at www.arbitration-forum.com.# # #

National Arbitration Forum Attorneys to Speak at the Upcoming American Bar Association Annual Meeting

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

The National Arbitration Forum offers information and perspective on new developments and trends in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) field. Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) July 20, 2005 — National Arbitration Forum (NAF) staff attorneys will speak at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, August 4-9th. They will provide attendees with information about arbitration and mediation and offer an administrator’s perspective on how ADR can help solve disputes in a cost-effective and timely manner.”NAF is pleased to be participating in ABA’s Annual Meeting,” said Curtis Brown, general counsel at the National Arbitration Forum. “Arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR continue to grow as valuable ways to settle a variety of disputes. The ADR panels at ABA Annual are excellent ways for attendees to learn how to best resolve legal disputes without incurring the high costs of lawsuits.”Healthcare ADR: The Tidal Wave Arrives PanelNational Arbitration Forum Director of Healthcare and Insurance ADR Services Keith Maurer will lead a panel entitled “Healthcare ADR: The Tidal Wave Arrives” on August 7 from 1:30 –4:00 p.m at the Drake Hotel. Maurer will serve as moderator and present information on how parties with healthcare disputes can best resolve disputes efficiently and cost-effectively, outside of the courtroom.Other panelists include:

National Arbitration Forum Release: Ernst&Young Study Shows that Consumers Fare Better in Arbitration than in Traditional Lawsuits

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

Based on consumer arbitration data spanning four years from the National Arbitration Forum, this independent study conducted by Ernst & Young confirms that consumers win 55% of the time in arbitrations against businesses, and that consumers find the arbitration process beneficial for resolving legal claims. Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) February 23, 2005 — The National Arbitration Forum announced today that a newly released study of consumer lending cases conducted by Ernst & Young, entitled Outcomes of Arbitration. An Empirical Study of Consumer Lending, confirmed that consumers found the arbitration process to be beneficial in resolving legal claims, and that reports that consumers are disadvantaged by contractual arbitration are clearly erroneous. The observations from the study as noted in the Executive Summary state:

  • Consumers prevailed more often than business in cases that went to an arbitration hearing. A review of the National Arbitration Forum cases that resulted in an arbitration decision shows that consumers are more likely to prevail than the business involved in the dispute; 55 percent of the arbitrations were resolved in the consumer’s favor. This compares favorably with similar results in state courts across the nation.
  • Consumers obtained favorable results in close to 80 percent of the cases that were administered by the National Arbitration Forum.
 
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