Take the staggering case of Speednames, represented at the time on the Afilias Board of Directors by Mickey Beyer:
They were responsible for the biggest Sunrise scam of them all. They charged IRO $500,000 to support the applications of Plankenstein : a staggering 4981 separate Trademark claims for 4981 domains, and as in the cases cited higher up this thread it was facially clear that these Trademarks were preposterous. They were nearly all dated with the year 1899.
For a company represented on the Afilias Board, and therefore with a particular obligation to uphold the process so that ALL customers were treated fairly, to take the money for a deal which so obviously needed caution and rejection, seems wholly unacceptable.
The process which should have been used to protect the general public and consumers worldwide was being systematically abused by people INSIDE that process.
I exchanged very honest, open correspondence with Speednames after this all came to light. They admitted the names should have been rejected and deleted by Afilias.
Once the scam became known to the public, they ASKED AFILIAS to immediately delete the names, in advance of the Landrush. AFILIAS REFUSED.
Even though it was now public knowledge that the Agreement had been clearly abused in this, the most obvious case of abuse (and even Plankenstein went public to the press and admitted they were fakes)... nevertheless, Afilias refused to put these names back in the pot for the Landrush pre-registrants. Afilias UPHELD the abuse of their process, rather than protect the consumer.
4981 fake Trademarks, submitted by a company on the Afilias Board, for half a million dollars profit, in total abuse of the Process supposed to protect people.
Afilias, their Board, some of their own registrar companies, were part and parcel of an abuse of the Agreements, a failure (or refusal) to implement the process, and the consumer clearly lost out as a result of this abuse of process, and failure to uphold the process.