Texas Wesleyan Law Review

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As a result of the Jurisdiction Project's attention to the role of dispute resolution in fostering e-commerce, there appeared to be a clear need for a neutral non-provider entity. The entity's purpose would be to create a task force to study disputes in cyberspace and assist with the development of proposed protocols, guidelines and standards for dispute resolution as it relates to e-commerce and the Internet. In September 2000, the ABA established such a Task Force to study the emergence of standards for the resolution of disputes arising from business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) e-commerce transactions. The Task Force consists of representatives from five ABA sections: Dispute Resolution, Business Law, Litigation, International Law and Practice, and Intellectual Property. Within its mission, the Task Force has examined the role of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), in particular, addressing disputes that result from e-commerce.



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