San Diego County Superior Court | Case No. 37-2020-00010762-CU-BT-CTL
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|**UPDATE**SETTLEMENT PAYMENTS WERE ISSUED AND MAILED ON APRIL 27, 2021 TO CLASS MEMBERS WHO SUBMITTED VALID CLAIMS TO THE SETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATOR. IF YOU SUBMITTED A VALID CLAIM, PLEASE ALLOW 7-10 BUSINESS DAYS FOR DELIVERY OF YOUR SETTLEMENT PAYMENT BY FIRST-CLASS U.S. MAIL. THE DEADLINE TO REDEEM YOUR SETTLEMENT PAYMENT IS AUGUST 25, 2021.|
|IF YOU WERE ENROLLED IN AN AUTOMATICALLY RENEWING OR CONTINUOUS SERVICE MAGAZINE, BOOK, AND/OR DIGITAL-ORDER SUBSCRIPTION BY TRUSTED MEDIA BRANDS, INC., YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO MONEY|
|What is the Lawsuit about? Defendant Trusted Media Brands (“Defendant”) and affiliated entities publish magazines, books, and digital materials, including Reader’s Digest, Taste of Home, Family Handyman, Birds & Blooms, Reminisce, Country, Country Woman, and Farm & Ranch Living. The Lawsuit alleges that Defendant enrolled certain California consumers in automatically renewing or continuous service magazine, book, and/or digital-order subscriptions, and posted charges to the consumer’s credit card, debit card, or third party payment account, without first presenting the consumer with all of the automatic renewal offer terms in a clear and conspicuous manner as required by California law, and sent invoices or other statements of amounts due that did not comply with California law. Defendant denies the claims in the Lawsuit and the Court has not decided which party is right. The parties have agreed to a Settlement to provide certain benefits to eligible Class Members and to resolve the case without any admission of liability or wrongdoing by Defendant or its affiliates.|
Am I a Class Member?
The Lawsuit is brought on behalf of a class defined as follows:
All individuals in California who, between July 26, 2015 and March 5, 2020, were enrolled by, or on behalf of, Trusted Media Brands, Inc. or its affiliates in an automatic renewal or continuous service program. Excluded from the Settlement Class are all employees of Trusted Media Brands, Inc., all employees of plaintiffs’ counsel, and the judicial officers to whom this case is assigned.
|What relief does the Settlement provide? Defendant has agreed to pay the principal Settlement Amount of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,500,000.00). If the Court grants final approval of the Settlement, each Participating Class Member will receive an equal pro-rata share of the Net Settlement Amount. The “Net Settlement Amount” is the Settlement Amount reduced by any sums awarded by the Court for attorneys’ fees, litigation expenses, any class representative service payments, and expenses of settlement administration. The Settlement also provides for injunctive relief.|
|What are my options?|
|FILE A CLAIM BY FEBRUARY 15, 2021||To potentially qualify for a monetary payment and participate in the Settlement, you must submit a timely Claim on or before February 15, 2021, which must be validated by the Settlement Administrator. You may submit a Claim by clicking here.|
|DO NOTHING||If you do nothing, you will not be a Participating Class Member and you will not qualify to receive a monetary payment, but you will be bound by the release in the Settlement Agreement.|
|REQUEST TO BE EXCLUDED BY FEBRUARY 15, 2021||Any Class Member who wishes to object to the Settlement may do so either orally or in writing. Any written objection must be filed with the Court and served on Class Counsel, Defendant’s counsel, and the Settlement Administrator no later than February 15, 2021. Alternatively, any Class Member may present an objection to the Court orally at the final approval hearing. For more information on excluding yourself from the Settlement, please read the Long Form Notice, by clicking here.|
|FILE A WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE SETTLEMENT BY FEBRUARY 15, 2021||Any Class Member who wishes to object to the Settlement may do so either orally or in writing. Any written objection must be filed with the Court and served on Class Counsel, Defendant’s counsel, and the Settlement Administrator no later than February 15, 2021. Alternatively, any Class Member may present an objection to the Court orally at the final approval hearing. For more information on objecting to the Settlements please read the Long Form Notice, by clicking here.|