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Johnson & Vines, PLLC Announces Class Action Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Purchasers of GoDaddy Dedicated Servers

A class action lawsuit has been filed against GoDaddy, Inc., on behalf of customers who purchased access to the company's “Dedicated Server” hosting platform. The lawsuit claims that purchasers, who paid a premium for exclusive access to the servers, were instead assigned to shared servers, and seeks damages for false advertising and violations of various consumer protection laws.


On March 18, 2016, consumer fraud class action attorneys, including Christopher D. Jennings of the Johnson & Vines Law Firm, filed a lawsuit against GoDaddy, Inc., for violation of various consumer protection and false advertising laws based on its alleged misrepresentation of its “Dedicated Server” hosting platform for customers.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of “all individuals or entities who purchased or subscribed to ‘Dedicated Server’ services provided by GoDaddy from October 2014 to the present and received a ‘virtualized’ server.” The plaintiffs seek both compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of the class, as well as injunctive relief to prevent future misrepresentation on behalf of GoDaddy.

According to the lawsuit, GoDaddy sells differing types of server access, including "virtual private servers" and "dedicated servers." The dedicated server is represented to be assigned to just one customer and not shared or used by others and cost substantially more than GoDaddy’s virtual private servers. The lawsuit claims that GoDaddy’s dedicated server, however, actually allows several separate servers to run on and share the resources of one physical server, meaning that customers who purchase a dedicated server subscription are actually paying a premium for what is, in essence, just a virtual private server.

“Under the law, when companies are alleged to engage in practices that harm consumers, a class action lawsuit is a means by which those consumers can seek compensated for their damages” said attorney Chris Jennings. “The complaint filed against GoDaddy seeks both a refund for customers who spent money on these services, as well as an order prohibiting the company from engaging in similar conduct in the future.”

GoDaddy responded to the complaint by filing an answer on May 13, 2016.

Other attorneys representing the plaintiffs include Kathryn Honecker of Rose Law Group in Scottsdale, Arizona, Stephen R. Basser and Samuel M. Ward of Barrack Rodos & Bacine in San Diego, John G. Emerson and David G. Scott of Emerson Scott in Houston and Little Rock, Arkansas. The case is pending in the US District Court for the District of Arizona, case no. 2:16-CV-00746-DGC.

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