A lawsuit out of California’s Central District looks to cover consumers who allegedly purchased magazine subscriptions from Time, Inc. and Meredith Corp. and were automatically enrolled into future subscriptions without consent.
The proposed class action claims Time and Meredith Corp., when automatically renewing consumers’ magazine subscriptions, overstepped California’s Automatic Renewal Law by:
- Failing to first present automatic renewal offer terms “in visual proximity to the request for consent to the offer” before fulfilling the purchasing agreement;
- Charging proposed class members’ payment cards without first obtaining affirmative consent to the automatic renewal terms;
- Failing to provide an acknowledgment that included the automatic renewal terms, cancelation policy and clear details on how the consumer can cancel the subscription; and
- Failing to provide those who bought subscriptions online with the ability to terminate such online.
Per the plaintiff, the lawsuit claims the woman purchased a subscription toPeople Magazineonline in 2017. Upon reaching the checkout section of the process, the plaintiff was presented with a “checkout now” prompt that stated “All magazine subscriptions will automatically renew annually.” The suit stresses that the plaintiff was never presented with an option to accept or reject the defendants’ automatic subscription renewal prior to checking out, nor a prompt with which the companies could obtain her affirmative consent to renew her subscription.