GoDaddy Class Action Settlement
Written by Welcome on July 24, 2020
GoDaddy, the world’s largest internet domain registrar and web hosting company, has reached a settlement regarding the class action lawsuits filed by Susan Drazen, Jason Bennett, and John Herrick.
According to the complaint, the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCA) by calling and sending text messages to cell phones without consent from recipients. The settlement offers payment to class members, but admits no wrongdoing.
GoDaddy headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, and incorporated in Delaware, was founded in 199, and has since become the largest ICANN-accredited registrar in the world, at four times the size of its closest competitor.
The company was accused of illegal contact with plaintiffs. It denies allegations against it and does not admit to any wrongdoing at all on its part as part of the settlement. It also did not admit to any truth or validity to the claims against it in the settlement.
Instead, by entering into the settlement, both parties intend to avoid any risk that is a possibility with pursing further legal action, including the cost of additional litigation. It should also be noted that the settlement was also reached free of court influence and the court had no say in whether or not any entity involved was right or wrong.
GoDaddy features many tools that offer various services to its customers. This includes:
- GoDaddy Auctions, the company’s domain marketplace that allows users to list their domain names for sale or bid on other domain names
- GoValue , a domain appraisals tool that shows the average value of any given domain name and calculates the value with an algorithm that evaluates the extension, keyword, comparable domains sold, and probably some other data
- GoDaddy Garage, which is the company’s blog
The settlement reached between GoDaddy and plaintiffs offers payments to members of the class who have submitted a valid claims form. Class members who choose to submit a claim must do so by October 7, 2020. Payments are available in the form of either cash or a merchandise voucher.
It’s also possible for class members to exclude themselves from the settlement. This must be done by August 31, 2020, and doing so means the class member will no longer be part of the class and as such, will not receive any benefits from the settlement. Those who exclude themselves from the settlement do not release any claims they could potentially file against GoDaddy and means that the entity is free to pursue legal action against the company if they so choose. They do so at their own expense and risk.
Class members may also object to the settlement if they find it egregious. This must also be done by August 31, 2020. Those objecting to the settlement are free to object to any part of it.
Finally, class members can choose to do nothing in response to the settlement announcement. Class members who do not submit a claim form are bound by the orders of the judgment of the court. The only exception is if they previously actively excluded themselves from the settlement and then did nothing in response to any further notice of the settlement. They do not have the option of filing or continuing a lawsuit, even if they do not receive a portion of the class’s settlement.