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T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
* iReport.com to CNN - $750K<ref>[http://www.ricksblog.com/about.html Ricksblog.com]</ref>
===T.R.A.F.F.I.C.===
On October 20 - 23, 2004, the first [[T.R.A.F.F.I.C]]. conference took place in Delray Beach, Florida; it was the first major trade show specifically aimed at the [[domaining]] industry.<ref>[http://dnjournal.com/columns/cover102604.htm DNJournal]</ref> Rick co-founded the event with his longtime lawyer, and domaining attorney, [[Howard Neu]]. The conferences provide domaining forums, workshops, and obvious networking opportunities. The conference has since been held in both an East coast and West coast format, wherein a meeting takes place on each U.S. coast during the same year. It has travelled the world, going to Amsterdam and Australia in addition to a U.S. event; and it continues to go new places and be held at least once a year.<ref>[http://www.targetedtraffic.com/history/2010.welcome.php TargetedTraffic.com]</ref> 
==Litigation==
Mr. Schwartz became involved in a high-profile lawsuit and counter-suit when Lilly Industries Inc., claimed that his goofoff.com address violated their trademarked Goof Off paint remover. Rick was informed by [[Network Solutions]] that Lilly had filed a dispute on the namespace and that he would have to litigate or face his site being placed on hold. At that time, the site was running as a travel and entertainment portal. He saw this as another example of "Fortune 500 Bullies" using their financial resources to push small business owners away from legitimately acquired and retained domains.<ref>[http://www.erealestate.com/domainking/articles.htm eRealEstate]</ref> A visit to goofoff.com today shows that the site remains in Rick's hands, and that he bested a corporate giant.<ref>[http://goofoff.com/ GoofOff.com]</ref> The settlement agreement allowed Rick to keep the site under certain restrictions, and Lilly Industries assumed all legal fees.<ref>[http://www.neusnews.com/blog/legal/ANALYSIS-OF-THE-GOOFOFFCOM-CASE-AT-NAF.php?post_id=51&pgtitle=ANALYSIS+OF+THE+GOOFOFFCOM+CASE+AT+NAF&category=legal NeusNews]</ref>

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