Case No. 19-cv-00563
United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
The court authorized a notice of a proposed settlement in class action lawsuits known as Drazen v. GoDaddy.com, LLC, Case No. 19-cv-00563 (S.D. Ala.), Bennett v. GoDaddy.com, LLC, Case No. 1:20-cv-00094 (S.D. Ala.), and Herrick v. GoDaddy.com, LLC, Case No. 2:16-cv-00254 (D. Ariz.), appeal pending 18-16048 (9th Cir.). If you received notice of the Settlement directed to you, then you may be a member of the Settlement Class. But even if you did not receive a notice, you may still be a member of the Settlement Class. The Settlement would resolve lawsuits brought on behalf of persons who allege that GoDaddy.com, LLC (“GoDaddy”) placed calls and sent text messages to cellular telephone numbers without the recipients’ consent. The Court has granted preliminary approval of the Settlement and has conditionally certified the Settlement Class for purposes of settlement only. The Notice explains the nature of the class action lawsuit, the terms of the Settlement, and the legal rights and obligations of the members of the Settlement Class. Please read the instructions and explanations below so that you can better understand your legal rights.
The Honorable Kristi K. DuBose, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama is overseeing this settlement.
A copy of the Notice can be found here.Back To Top
The lawsuits allege that GoDaddy placed calls and sent text messages to cellular telephone numbers without the recipients’ consent, in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227. GoDaddy denies each and every allegation of wrongdoing, liability, and damages that were or could have been asserted in the Actions, and GoDaddy denies that the claims in the Actions would be appropriate for class treatment if the litigation were to proceed through trial.
The Plaintiffs’ Complaints, the Settlement Agreement, and other case-related documents are available here. The Settlement resolves the Actions. The Court has not decided who is right.Back To Top
A class action is a lawsuit in which one or more persons called a “Class Representative” sues on behalf of people who have similar claims. All of these people together are a “Settlement Class” or “Settlement Class Members.” The Settlement, if finally approved by the Court, resolves the issues for all Settlement Class Members, except for those who exclude themselves from the Settlement Class.Back To Top
The Plaintiffs and GoDaddy have determined that it is in their best interests to settle this case to avoid the expenses, uncertainties, and inconvenience associated with litigation. This Settlement resolves all claims against GoDaddy and its affiliated entities. The Settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by GoDaddy and does not imply that there has been, or would be, any finding that GoDaddy violated any law. GoDaddy denies each and every allegation of wrongdoing and liability in the Actions.
The Court has already preliminarily approved the Settlement. Nevertheless, because the settlement of a class action determines the rights of all members of the class, the court overseeing these lawsuits must give final approval to the Settlement before it can be effective. The Court has conditionally certified the Settlement Class for settlement purposes only, so that Settlement Class Members have the notice and the opportunity to exclude themselves from the Settlement Class, to voice their support or opposition to final approval of the Settlement, and to have the opportunity to obtain the benefits offered by the Settlement. If the Court does not give final approval to the Settlement, or if it is terminated by the parties, the Settlement will be void, and the lawsuit will proceed as if there had been no settlement and no certification of the Settlement Class.Back To Top
You are a member of the Settlement Class if, between November 4, 2014 and December 31, 2016, GoDaddy placed a voice or text message call to your cellular telephone pursuant to an outbound campaign facilitated by the web-based software application used by 3Seventy, Inc., or the software programs and platforms that comprise the Cisco Unified Communications Manager.
Excluded from the Settlement Class are (1) the trial judge presiding over the Actions; (2) GoDaddy, as well as any parent, subsidiary, affiliate or control person of GoDaddy, and the officers, directors, agents, lawyers, servants or employees of GoDaddy; (3) the immediate family of any such person(s); (4) any Settlement Class Member who timely opts out of the settlement; and (5) Class Counsel, their employees, and their immediate family.
If you are not sure whether you are in the Settlement Class, or have any other questions about the Settlement you can call the toll-free number 1-866-977-0753 or you may contact Class Counsel at the email addresses set forth in FAQ 11.Back To Top
Submit a Claim Form:
If you are a member of the Settlement Class, you must submit a completed Claim Form to receive your choice of a Voucher Award or Cash Award. To do so, you must complete a Claim Form and submit it by October 7, 2020. You may obtain a Claim Form here, and you may submit your Claim Form online here, or to the Settlement Administrator by U.S. Mail at Drazen v. GoDaddy.com, LLC, Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 2730, Portland, OR 97208-2730, postmarked by October 7, 2020. Submitting a valid and timely claim form is the only way to receive a benefit from this settlement, and is the only thing you need to do to receive the elected Voucher Award or Cash Award. If the Court approves the Settlement and it becomes final and effective, and you have submitted a valid Claim Form, then you will receive your elected Award.
You may exclude yourself from the Settlement. If you do so, you will receive no benefit from the Settlement, but you will not release any claims you may have against GoDaddy and the Released Parties (as that term is defined in the Settlement Agreement), and are free to pursue whatever legal rights you may have by pursuing your own lawsuit against the Released Parties at your own risk and expense. To exclude yourself from the Settlement, you must mail a timely letter to the Settlement Administrator at Drazen v. GoDaddy.com, LLC, Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 2730, Portland, OR 97208-2730, postmarked by August 31, 2020. Your request to be excluded from the Settlement must be personally signed by you under penalty of perjury and contain a statement that indicates your desire to be “excluded from the Settlement Class,” and that, absent of excluding yourself or “opting out,” you are “otherwise a member of the Settlement Class in the proposed settlement of Drazen v. GoDaddy.com, LLC, Case No. 19-cv-00563 (S.D. Ala.), Bennett v. GoDaddy.com, LLC, Case No. 1:20-cv-00094 (S.D. Ala.), and Herrick v. GoDaddy.com, LLC, Case No. 2:16-cv-00254 (D. Ariz.), appeal pending 18-16048 (9th Cir.).” The request should also include your full name, address, telephone number(s), and GoDaddy account number(s).
You cannot ask to be excluded on the phone, by email, or on this Website. You may opt out of the Settlement Class only for yourself.
Object to the Settlement:
If you are a Settlement Class Member (and do not exclude yourself from the Settlement Class), you can object to any part of the Settlement. To object, you must submit a timely letter that includes the following:
IF YOU DO NOT TIMELY MAKE YOUR OBJECTION, YOU WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE WAIVED ALL OBJECTIONS AND WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO SPEAK AT THE FINAL APPROVAL HEARING.
If you file and serve a written objection and statement of intent to appear, you may appear at the Final Approval Hearing, either in person or through your personal counsel hired at your expense, to object to the fairness, reasonableness, or adequacy of the Settlement.
If you wish to object, you must file your objection with the Court (using the Court’s electronic filing system or in any manner in which the Court accepts filings) no later than August 31, 2020, and mail a copy of your objection to (1) the Clerk of Court; (2) the attorneys representing the Plaintiffs and the Settlement Class (Evan M. Meyers, McGuire Law, P.C., 55 West Wacker Drive, 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601); and (3) the attorneys representing GoDaddy (Paula L. Zecchini and Jeffrey M. Monhait, Cozen O’Connor, 999 Third Avenue, Suite 1900, Seattle, Washington 98104), postmarked no later than August 31, 2020.
If you hire an attorney in connection with making an objection, that attorney must also file with the Court a notice of appearance by November 30, 2020. If you do hire your own attorney, you will be solely responsible for payment of any fees and expenses the attorney incurs on your behalf. If you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you cannot file an objection.
If you are a Class Member and do not submit a valid Claim Form, you will still be bound by all orders and judgments of the Court. Unless you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you will not be able to file or continue a lawsuit against the Released Parties regarding any released claims.
GoDaddy has agreed to make up to $35,000,000 available to pay individuals who submit a valid Claim Form, settlement administration costs, attorneys' fees, a service award to the Plaintiffs, and costs and expenses of the litigation. Subject to the qualification set forth at the end of this paragraph, each Settlement Class Member who submits a valid Claim Form will be entitled to receive their choice of either a Voucher Award (a $150 merchandise credit voucher that can be used for any products and services made available by GoDaddy) or a Cash Award ($35, in the form of a check mailed to you). The Voucher Award is freely transferrable, is good on all merchandise (including sale, discount, or promotional pricing), and requires no minimum purchase. There is a limit of one Claim per Settlement Class Member, and each Settlement Class Member may receive only one Voucher Award or one Cash Award. Upon receipt of a valid Claim Form, the Settlement Administrator will determine whether you are eligible to receive an Award. Depending on how many valid Claim Forms are submitted, it is possible that each Settlement Class Member’s Award will be reduced on a pro rata basis to cover settlement administration costs, attorneys' fees, a service award to the Plaintiffs, and the costs and expenses of the litigation.
Plaintiffs and their lawyers think the proposed Settlement is best for everyone who is affected by it.
To claim a Voucher Award or a Cash Award, Class Members must submit a Claim Form by October 7, 2020. Following the final approval of the Settlement, the Settlement Administrator will provide the Voucher Award (in the form of a redemption code) or Cash Award (in the form of a check) to each Class Member who submits a valid, timely Claim Form. All checks issued to Settlement Class Members who choose to receive the Cash Award will expire and become void one hundred eighty (180) days after they are issued. Any unused Voucher Award balance will be forfeited one (1) year after it is issued.
Additionally, the attorneys who brought these lawsuits (listed below) will ask the Court to award them attorneys' fees in an amount not to exceed 30% of $35,000,000, plus their costs for the time, expense and effort expended in investigating the facts, litigating these cases, and negotiating the Settlement. The Plaintiffs will also ask the Court for a payment of up to $5,000 each for their time, effort, and service in this matter.Back To Top
Unless you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you cannot sue or be part of any other lawsuit against GoDaddy about the issues in this case, including any existing litigation, arbitration, or proceeding. Unless you exclude yourself, all of the decisions and judgments by the Court will bind you.
The Settlement Agreement is available here. The Settlement Agreement provides more detail regarding the Releases and describes the Released Claims with specific descriptions in necessary, accurate legal terminology, so read it carefully. If you have any questions, you can talk for free to the attorneys identified below who have been appointed by the Court to represent the Settlement Class, or you are welcome to talk to any other lawyer of your choosing at your own expense.Back To Top
The parties cannot accurately predict when (or whether) the Court will grant Final Approval to the Settlement, so please be patient. After the Court finally approves the Settlement, and after any appeals are resolved, you will receive your Voucher Award or Cash Award. If there are appeals, resolving them can take time. Updated information about the case will be made available on this website, or you can call the Settlement Administrator at 1-866-977-0753, or contact Class Counsel at the information provided in FAQ 11.Back To Top
The Court has already granted Preliminary Approval of the Settlement. A final hearing on the Settlement, called a final approval or fairness hearing, will be held to determine the fairness of the Settlement. At the fairness hearing, the Court will also consider whether to make final the certification of the Settlement Class for settlement purposes, hear any proper objections and arguments to the Settlement, as well as any requests for an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses and incentive awards for the Plaintiffs that may be sought by Class Counsel. The Court will hold the fairness hearing on December 14, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. CST in Courtroom 4B of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, 155 Saint Joseph St., Mobile, AL 36602.
If the Settlement is given Final Approval, the Court will not make any determination as to the merits of the claims or defenses at issue in the Actions. Instead, the Settlement’s terms will take effect and the lawsuits will be dismissed on the merits with prejudice. Both sides have agreed to the Settlement in order to achieve an early and certain resolution to the lawsuits, in a manner that provides specific and valuable benefits to the members of the Settlement Class.
If the Court does not grant Final Approval of the Settlement, or if a Final Approval is reversed on appeal, or if the Settlement does not become final for some other reason, you will not receive any benefit, and Class Members will receive no benefits from the Settlement. Plaintiffs, GoDaddy, and the Class Members will be in the same position as they were prior to the execution of the Settlement, and the Settlement will have no legal effect, no class will remain certified (conditionally or otherwise), and Plaintiffs and GoDaddy will continue to litigate the lawsuits. There can be no assurance that, if the Settlement is not approved, the Settlement Class will recover more than is provided in the Settlement, or indeed, anything at all.Back To Top
The Court has approved the following attorneys to represent the Settlement Class. They are called “Class Counsel.” You will not be charged for these lawyers. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.
John R. Cox
30941 Mill Lane
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
Evan M. Meyers
Eugene Y. Turin
McGuire Law, P.C.
55 W. Wacker Drive, 9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Earl P. Underwood, Jr.
Underwood & Riemer, PC
21 South Section Street
Fairhope, AL 36532
Phillip A. Bock
David M. Oppenheim
Tod A. Lewis
Bock, Hatch, Lewis & Oppenheim, LLC
134 N. La Salle St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Trinette G. Kent
Kent Law Offices
3219 Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Mark K. Wasvary
Mark K. Wasvary, P.C.
2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 100
Troy, MI 48084
McMorrow Law, P.C.
One North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602
The Notice is only a summary of the proposed Settlement of this lawsuit. More details are in the Settlement Agreement which, along with other documents, can be obtained here. If you have any questions, you can also call the Settlement Administrator at 1-866-977-0753 or Class Counsel at the numbers or email addresses set forth above. In addition to the documents available on this website, all pleadings and documents filed in court may be reviewed or copied in the Office of the Clerk. Please do not call the Judge or the Clerk of the Court about this case. They will not be able to give you advice on your options.Back To Top