Who is a Class Member
Class members of the Time Magazine Class Action Settlement include “all persons with Michigan street addresses who purchased a subscription to a Time Publication directly from Time, but in a manner other than through a Time website, between February 19, 2013 and February 19, 2016.”
Most Class Members purchased their subscriptions to Time Publications by mailing in a postcard to Time Inc.
- Time Publications include:
- Cooking Light
- Coastal Living
- Southern Living
- This Old House
- All You
- Big Picture
- Entertainment Weekly
- Travel & Leisure
- Time for Kids
- People En Español
- People Style
- Sports Illustrated
- Sports Illustrated Kids
- Real Simple
- Food & Wine
There are approximately 719,000 potential Class Members.
If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other class action settlements you may be eligible for.
- $25 – $50
The amount of your payment will depend on how many of the Settlement Class Members file valid and timely claims. Class Counsel anticipates will be approximately $25–50 per claimant.
Proof of Purchase
Time Magazine Settlement Notes
- Carolyn Perlin v. Time Inc.
- Case No.2:16-cv-10635
- Pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Plaintiff Carolyn Perlin filed the class action lawsuit in February 2016 against Time Magazine the publisher of several magazines including Essence, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, and Time, alleging the company disclosed its customers’ personal information to third parties in violation of the Michigan Video Rental Privacy Act. Perlin claims this information includes customers’ full names, home addresses, and reading habits.
“In order to facilitate its surreptitious multi-million dollar disclosure business, Time hides its practices from its subscribers, and neither notifies them nor obtains their permission before disclosing their personal reading information to unrelated third parties,” the lawsuit said.
Under the MVRP Act, companies are prohibited from disclosing the subscription and reading habits of consumers. The law is similar to the U.S. Video Privacy Protection Act, but goes a bit further in protecting information that reveals the reading, listening, and viewing preferences of Michigan residents.
Time denies it violated any law. Complete details about the case and settlement are provided on the Time Magazine Settlement website.
Two similar magazine subscriber privacy class action lawsuits were recently settled. The first against Trusted Media Brands, the publisher of magazines such as the Reader’s Digest was settled for $8.2 million. The other, against Wenner Media, the publisher of Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, and US Weekly magazines was settled for $1.1 million. Both lawsuits alleged violations of Michigan’s VPRA and privacy statutes.
Class members who wish to exclude themselves or object to the terms of the Time Magazine Settlement must do so by September 14, 2018. Class members who wish to participate in the settlement must submit their claim form on or before November 29, 2018.
- 11/29/18: Claim Form Deadline
- 9/14/18: Objection or Exclusion Deadline
- 10/15/18: Final Hearing at 2:00 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.TimeMagazineSettlement.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.
- Mail: Magazine Subscriber Privacy Settlement Administrator, KCC Class Action Services LLC, P.O. Box 404075, Louisville, KY 40233-4075
- Phone: 1-844-593-1080
- Eve-Lynn Rapp, Ari J. Scharg, Benjamin S, Thomassen, and Schuyler R. Ufkes of Edelson PC