The Court held a Final Approval Hearing on April 24, 2019 and issued the Final Judgment and Order on April 24, 2019.
On July 26, 2019, Settlement payments were distributed to eligible Class Members who submitted timely and valid Claim Forms.
What is this lawsuit about?
A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against magazine publisher Hearst Communications, Inc. The class action lawsuit involves whether Hearst Communications, Inc. disclosed its customers’ subscription information to third parties, which is alleged to violate Michigan privacy law. While Hearst believes that its practices were in compliance with Michigan law, Hearst chose to settle this case, without admitting liability, to focus time, effort and resources on continuing to provide valued content to its readers, as the organization has since its founding, and not on additional legal fees and the uncertainty of litigation.
Who is included?
You are included if you had a Michigan street address at any time on or before July 30, 2016 and purchased and/or had a subscription to a Hearst Publication on or before July 30, 2016. Hearst Publications include any magazine or other publication published by Defendant, one of its subsidiaries, predecessors, or companies acquired by Hearst, or any publication acquired by Hearst, in the United States, including but not limited to any one of the following magazines or publications: Country Living, Cosmopolitan, Elle Decor, Elle, Esquire, Food Network Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, House Beautiful, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Redbook, Road & Track, Seventeen, Town & Country, Veranda, and Woman’s Day.
Those included in the Settlement will be eligible to receive a pro rata (meaning equal) portion of the Settlement Fund, which Class Counsel anticipates to be approximately $155.