GoDaddy is being sued for auctioning off the Eth.Link ENS domain

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Last Updated on September 11, 2022 by Bitfinsider

GoDaddy, an Internet domain service provider, has been named in the lawsuit in connection with a recently auctioned ENS domain name. The eth.link domain name belonged to registrant Virgil Griffith, who had gotten into trouble with the US after being caught attempting to assist North Korea in evading sanctions. So, because Griffith was imprisoned, he was unable to renew his domain name ownership, but had a third party renew it in his place.

However, the issues began this year when the eth.link domain name came up for renewal. Apparently, the domain registrar refused to allow a third party to renew Griffith’s domain ownership, as it had previously done. Rather than letting the registration lapse and then auctioning off the domain name.

GoDaddy auctioned off the domain name through a partnership with Dynadot in the subsequent auction. The platform was tasked with auctioning off any Uni domains that GoDaddy does not support after it acquired Uniregistry but failed to acquire the registry. The domain name was auctioned off for a whopping $851,919.30.

True Names, the developers behind the Ethereum Name Service, were not pleased with this decision. The company has joined forces with Virgil Griffith to sue the domain registrar in an attempt to prevent the sale and transfer of the eth.link domain to a new owner.

However, the issues began this year when the eth.link domain name came up for renewal. Apparently, the domain registrar refused to allow a third party to renew Griffith’s domain ownership, as it had previously done. Rather than letting the registration lapse and then auctioning off the domain name.

Virgil Griffith and True Names are currently suing GoDaddy over the eth.link domain name auction. Both parties worked together to file a complaint in an Arizona District Court to prevent GoDaddy from transferring the domain name and for breach of contract.

The plaintiffs are Trues Names, Ltd. and Virgil Griffith, and the defendants are GoDaddy, Inc., GoDaddy.com LLC, Dynadot LLC, and Manifold Finance, Inc. A demand for a jury trial for breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, and unfair competition is also included in the filing.

In the case, the plaintiffs are seeking at least $75,000 in damages, excluding attorney fees. Manifold Finance is the new owner of the eth.link domain name, which is why it appears on the list of defendants.


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