Magazine Subscriber Privacy Settlement

Alice Raden et al v. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. et al, No. 4:16-cv-12808-LVP-APP


IF YOU purchased A SUBSCRIPTION TO MARTHA STEWART
LIVING MAGAZINE OR MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS MAGAZINE BETWEEN JULY 31, 2010 AND JULY 31, 2016

YOU MAY BE PART OF A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT.



A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against magazine publishers Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (“Martha Stewart”) and Meredith Corporation (“Meredith”), who are the Defendants in the case. The class action lawsuit involves whether Martha Stewart and Meredith disclosed their customers’ personally identifiable subscription information to third parties in violation of Michigan privacy law. The Defendants deny they violated any law.  

Two groups or “classes” of people are included in the Settlement. The first group is called the “Direct Purchaser Settlement Class” and includes all persons with Michigan street addresses who were subscribers to Martha Stewart Living magazine or Martha Stewart Weddings magazine between July 31, 2010 and July 31, 2016 and who purchased their subscriptions directly from Martha Stewart or Meredith. The second group is called the “Indirect Purchaser Settlement Class” and includes all persons with Michigan street addresses who were subscribers to Martha Stewart Living magazine or Martha Stewart Weddings magazine between July 31, 2010 and July 31, 2016 and who purchased their subscriptions from a third party. 

Each Class is entitled to different relief under the Settlement. Both Classes are entitled to injunctive relief, which means that, for a period of three (3) years, the Defendants will not disclose their Michigan customers’ personally identifiable magazine subscription information to third parties without the prior express written consent of the affected subscribers. Defendants will also perform annual audits to ensure compliance with the terms of the Settlement. Because the law allows only consumers who subscribed directly from a publisher to recover money, those included in the Direct Purchaser Settlement Class will also be eligible to receive a pro rata, or equally split, portion of a $965,000 Settlement Fund. Class Counsel anticipates the payments to be approximately $50–$75 per Direct Purchaser Settlement Class Member. The amount ultimately recoverable depends on the number of claims filed, the cost of notice, and the amount awarded for costs, fees, and incentive awards to the Class Representatives, which are all paid out of the Settlement Fund.

Your legal rights are affected whether you act, or don’t act.


Your Legal Rights and Options in This Settlement


 

IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF EITHER SETTLEMENT CLASS, YOU MAY:

 

SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM

(Direct Purchasers only)

This is the only way for Direct Purchasers to receive a payment.

You can file a Claim Form online by September 14, 2019. Or, you can file a Claim Form by mail postmarked by September 14, 2019.

EXCLUDE YOURSELF

You will be ineligible to get any benefits, but you will retain any rights you currently have to sue the Defendants about the claims in this case. The deadline to opt-out is June 17, 2019.

OBJECT

Write to the Court explaining why you don’t like the Settlement. The deadline to file an Objection with the Court is June 17, 2019.

GO TO THE HEARING

Ask to speak in Court about your opinion of the Settlement.

DO NOTHING

You will automatically receive the injunctive benefits of the Settlement, but you won’t get a share of the Settlement Fund if you’re a direct purchaser and will give up your rights to sue the Defendants about the claims in this case.




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For more information please call 844-491-5743

Documents

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Important Dates

  • Exclusion Deadline.

    Monday, June 17, 2019 You must complete and mail your request for exclusion so that it is postmarked no later than Monday, June 17, 2019.
  • Objection Deadline.

    Monday, June 17, 2019 You must mail your objection(s) and/or notice of intent to appear at the Final Approval Hearing so that it/they are postmarked no later than Monday, June 17, 2019.
  • Claim Form Deadline.

    Saturday, September 14, 2019 You must submit your Claim Form online no later than Saturday, September 14, 2019, or mail your completed paper Claim Form so that it is postmarked no later than Saturday, September 14, 2019.
  • Final Approval Hearing Date.

    Wednesday, July 31, 2019 The Final Approval Hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM EDT. Please check this website for updates.

Important Documents

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