More than 75,000 individuals have already lost their Internet domain names registered through RegisterFly.com, and a new class action lawsuit seeks to protect up to a million more from the same fate. |
U.S. District Court judge unsealed a class action lawsuit against Internet domain registrar RegisterFly along with the corporation charged with accreditation and oversight of registrars, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN"), among others.
The lawsuit alleges that RegisterFly has systematically defrauded its customers who attempted to register or renew Internet domain names, causing them to lose their domain names, finances, and even entire businesses.
The lawsuit was initially sealed due to fears of retribution by RegisterFly.com towards the plaintiff for filing the suit, but since then other concerns have become more pressing, and the case was opened to the public.
The Lead Plaintiff fears that RegisterFly is likely to cause the loss of her website GoCertify.com, which is the primary source of support for her and her children. The GoCertify.com domain, which had a scheduled expiration date of March 18, 2007, according to Registerfly, could not be renewed (even though plaintiff was charged for the service of having that done), was refused transfer to a different registrar, and has had ownership information completely removed or concealed from public databases as well as made inaccessible.
It was clear that RegisterFly was in trouble, and the accreditation agency of registrars, ICANN, knew it, but ICANN did not perform its duty to protect the public and continued to accredit RegisterFly and allow it to perform as a registrar.
In fact, ICANN, which collects a fee for every domain sold through its accredited registrars, did not give notice of termination of ICANN's accreditation of RegisterFly until ICANN was served with this class action lawsuit.
The lawsuit seeks to represent any website ownerthat was unable to renew the website through RegisterFly.com