Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

The Business of Online Business: Session One - Domain Names and Domain Name Disputes

Program Number: 2941

Program Date: 04/02/2019


Every business with a website is an e-business and, as a result, face challenges that are unique to online commerce and twists on traditional ones. For example, the maxim “location, location, location” applies in the virtual world as much as in the physical realm. In this first session, we will discuss issues concerning Internet domain names – an e-business’s virtual name, address and introductory marketing statement. We will explore the explosive growth of top-level domains as potential new “neighborhoods” in the virtual world. We will also cover cybersquatting and reverse cybersquatting, which continue to impact domain name use, and the variety of venues where a claim may be heard. We will review recent criteria that courts and dispute resolution groups consider in assessing whether a domain name registration has an improper commercial purpose, as well as the various dispute resolution practices offered by the domain name registrars as potential alternatives to court action. Finally, we will look at the potential impact of the EU’s GDPR on domain name registration requirements and the various work arounds being considered by the domain name registrars. In future sessions, we will discuss other issues that impact the “business of online business,” such as website accessibility and class actions, the use of website terms of service, privacy and security statements in an era of heightened concerns for consumer privacy, and an end-of-year review of legal challenges to online business practices, such as online tax, online defamation, contributory infringement.

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, New York - BOTH New and Experienced Attorneys, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 CLE Credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 CLE Credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour

State Program Numbers

Credit Eligible for BOTH Experienced and New Attorneys in NY


Shari Claire Lewis, Esq.

Rivkin Radler LLP

Shari Claire Lewis is a member of the firm’s Complex Torts & Product Liability; Privacy, Data & Cyber Law; and Professional Liability Practice Groups. She has focused her practice on the intersection of law and technology, often advising and representing clients on 21st Century technology challenges they face.

An accomplished civil litigator, Shari routinely handles complex commercial litigation, concerning fraud, securities fraud, malpractice, contract, constitutional law, data breach and privacy among others. Shari has particular experience in the defense of errors and omissions claims against professional service providers, including lawyers, appraisers, tax planners, computer and software consultants, funeral home directors, pharmacists, and others.
With extensive experience in technology law, Shari represents entities at the cutting edge computer science and telecommunications, including Internet registrars, software designers, and Internet based businesses and computer service providers.

She has successfully litigated cases involving domain name disputes, cybersquatting, freedom of speech, online and “click wrap” contracts, data breach and antitrust and trademark violations. She also drafts technology and online contracts on behalf of technology vendors and consumers, as well as terms of use and/or security, data breach and intellectual property policies for use on her clients’ websites. Shari assists clients in responding to data breaches concerning both personally identi private health information, including preparing notices and regulatory filings, and representing clients in subsequent litigation.
Shari also has considerable experience in representing manufacturers, distributors, and maintenance companies in connection with medical device and product liability claims, including angioplasty devices, coronary and tracheal stents, orthopedic and dental implants, operating room fixtures, disposable medical products, factory and farm machinery, hair dye and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, industrial and consumer electrical products.

Shari is a bi-monthly columnist for the New York Law Journal on Internet and Social Media Law, and frequently lectures and publishes on issues including cyber liability, privacy, data breach, e-discovery, domain names, attorney-corporate client privilege, attorney malpractice, medical device litigation, computer liabilities and other liability-related issues.
The Health Services Practice Group has been listed in the prestigious Legal 500. The practice is also recognized as “notable” by Chambers USA.Bio