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T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Opens Early Bird Registration & Unveils Agenda for Upcoming Show on Miami's South Beach - Plus Another Embarrassment for NAF Arbitrators

Coming off a very well received show in Vancouver, Canada last week, the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference is gearing up for a busy second half of 2010. Next stop will be Dublin, Ireland August 24-26. That will be one of the five T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conferences promoted by Rick 

Latona this year. It will be followed by the only 2010 show promoted by T.R.A.F.F.I.C. co-founders Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu - an event that will be held October 17-20 at the luxurious Loew's Hotel on Miami's South Beach. 

Early bird registration for the South Beach show opened today with a $995 rate that will be good through June 30 (or 

 

until the first 100 registrants sign up, whichever comes first). Hotel rooms at the Loew's show venue can also be booked now at the group rate of $249 a night. 

The Miami show opens four months from today, but Schwartz and Neu, thanks to having a full year to work on this one event, have already posted a pretty well fleshed out agenda for the conference. A quick look at it shows all of the hallmarks of the first class T.R.A.F.F.I.C. events they have staged in the past, including a popular opening night cocktail party and parties every other show night at local hotspots (when it comes to South Beach - hotspots are everywhere so those nights out should be something special). 

Pre-show events are also in the works to entertain people who want to arrive a day or two early to enjoy the beach and Florida sunshine before the conference begins. Schwartz had a lot more to say about the South Beach event in a post on his blog today, so check that out for more background. I know that he and Howard have been working non-stop on this show so it is a safe bet that no one is going to leave T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Miami disappointed.

Elsewhere today - you have to hand it to George Kirikos for continually turning up important issues to the welfare of domainers that would have otherwise been lost in the

paper shuffle. In April Kirikos discovered that some NAF arbitration panelists in UDRP proceedings where "cutting and pasting" completely irrelevant material into the decisions they are paid to render (supposedly after careful consideration) in domain name disputes.

Now, in a new article he posted at CircleID Wednesday, Kirikos showed that someone, in what appears to be an effort to cover their tracks, went back in and edited out an embarrassing passage in one of those adulterated decisions. This is not supposed to happen. As attorney Paul Keating noted in a reply to George's article, "On prior occasions I have asked for corrections in NAF decisions and have been told that it was not possible, that they would not request panelists to do so and they objected to any attempt on my part to raise the issue directly with the panelists - even if copying the other side in any correspondence." Apparently it is possible to edit published decisions when panelists are caught doing something wrong though. 

(Posted June 17, 2010) 


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