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Predictability Depends on the Panel You Draw

A general view formed early in the UDRP jurisprudence is that for predictability decisions “should consist of more than, it depends what panel you draw’.” Time Inc. v. Chip Cooper, D2000-1342 (WIPO February 13, 2001) (<lifemagazine.com>). The goal for consistency is achieved through “a strong body of precedent” which “is strongly persuasive” even if not binding. […]

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Arbitrators Exceeding Scope of Authority

First published in Dispute Resolution Section Blog of the New York State Bar Association October 15, 2013 (http://nysbar.com/blogs/ResolutionRoundtable/2013/10/) An arbitratator’s conduct or decision must be egregious before an appelate court finds the panel exceeded the scope of authority. Parties in two recent cases, one in the Appellate Division, 1st Department and the other in the […]

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Limits of Protected Speech

The question of protected speech is whether the protection is to the domain name or the contents of the website. There are two official “views” about critical speech. Both recognize (at least, generally) that use is “fair” if it is foretold or announced in the domain name and expressed in the content. Thus, “trademark+pejorative.com” that […]

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