Thursday, October 15, 2009

NEWSFLASH: DOMAIN NAME ARBITRATOR BEING INVESTIGATED FOR MISCONDUCT

The following ADNDRC press release was brought to my attention by IDNFORUMS.COM members.

Announcement on Domain Name Dispute Cases Handled by The Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (Hong Kong Office) Hong Kong.

5 October 2009 - The Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) announced today that the ADNDRC Council has formed a special committee to investigate whether, in view of the potential claims which have been made against the Hong Kong Office of the ADNDRC and its personnel, there are potential liabilities of ADNDRC caused by any wrongdoings or misconduct on the part of ADNDRC administrative personnel in Hong Kong, in connection with its handling of domain name disputes. The special committee is comprised of Hon Justice Michael Hartmann (chair), Mr Robin Peard JP and Mr Fred Kan. The special committee will report its findings to the ADNDRC Council for such action as it deems appropriate. Allegations made against certain individual ADNDRC Panelists will be investigated by the ADNDRC Council directly. Pending the outcome of these investigations, the ADNDRC will make no public comment on the matters which are the subject of the investigation. About Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (“ADNDRC”) (Hong Kong Office)


The Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (“ADNDRC”) is one of only four (4) providers in the world and the first and only one located in Asia, of dispute resolution services in regards to generic top level domain names (gTLD's), which are the top level domains approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which appointed the ADNDRC as a domain name dispute provider on 3 December 2001. To learn more about the ADNDRC, please visit: http://www.adndrc.org/.
 
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This is simply shocking that there have been serious enough complaints and reasons for the ADNDRC to have to commence an investigation of possible misconduct.
 
In the 10 years of domain name dispute resolution, an investigation of misconduct by an arbitration provider is unprecedented. We must watch the outcome of this very carefuly....

ADDENDUM:
Here are some more apparent details from another news item:
http://www.abnnewswire.net/press/en/61579/Cheung-Kong-(Holdings)-Limited.html

1 comment:

George Kirikos said...

And NAF is in turmoil, too:

http://gnso.icann.org/mailing-lists/archives/ga-200709/msg03398.html