Who is a Class Member
Class members of the Magazine Subscriptions Class Action Settlement include “all persons with Michigan street addresses who received a subscription to Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, or Us Weekly and were subscribers between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2011.”
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- Magazine Subscription Voucher or $10 Cash Payment
Indirect Subscribers: If your subscription(s) to Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, or Us Weekly magazines were obtained from third-party subscription agents, you can receive a voucher or code redeemable for a 6-month subscription to Rolling Stone.
Direct Subscribers: If your subscription(s) to Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, or Us Weekly magazines were obtained from directly from Wenner Media online or by returning a “blow-in” subscription form, you can choose to receive in either a free, 1-year subscription to Rolling Stone or a $10 cash payment.
Proof of Purchase
- Claimants will be prompted to enter their contact information as well as their unique List ID printed on their individual postcard Class Notice.
Magazine Subscription Settlement Notes
- Kyle Sullivan and Jeanne Sloan v. Wenner Media LLC
- Case No.1:16-CV-00960
- Pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Plaintiffs Kyle Sullivan and Jeanne Sloan filed the class action lawsuit against Wenner Media, the publisher of several magazines including Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, and Us Weekly, alleging the company violated Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act (which includes magazine subscriptions) by disclosing information related to its customers’ magazine subscriptions to third parties – all without informing its customers or obtaining their consent to do so.
Specifically, the plaintiffs and other class members claim that after they subscribed to Wenner Media’s publications, their right to privacy was violated when Wenner sold its customers’ personal information, including, but not limited to, their name, address and subscription history, to anyone willing to buy that information.
Wenner Media maintains that it complied with the law and does not admit any wrongdoing. Complete details about the case and settlement are provided on the Rolling Stones, Men’s Journal, & US Weekly Magazine Subscription Settlement website.
A similar magazine subscriber privacy class action lawsuit against Trusted Media Brands, the publisher of magazines such as the Reader’s Digest was recently settled for $8.2 million. That lawsuit also alleged violation of Michigan’s VPRA and privacy statutes with class members claiming they were barraged with telemarketing calls, junk mail, and spam emails after their information was sold to third parties by TMB without their consent.
Class members who wish to exclude themselves or object to the terms of the Wenner Media Magazine Subscription Settlement must do so by March 5, 2018. Class members who wish to participate in the settlement must submit their claim form on or before March 5, 2018.
- 3/5/18: Claim Form Deadline
- 3/5/18: Objection or Exclusion Deadline
- 4/26/18: Final Hearing at 1:30 pm ET* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).
Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.magazinesubscriptionsettlement.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.
- Mail: Magazine Subscription Settlement, c/o JND Legal Administration, P.O. Box 91345, Seattle, WA 98111
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gary F. Lynch, R. Bruce Carlson, and Kevin Abramowicz of Carlson Lynch Sweet Kilpela & Carpenter LLP
- Daniel O. Myers of The Law Offices of Daniel O. Myers