California New York Times Subscription Auto-Renew Settlement of $5.563 Millions
The New York Times Co. has agreed to a $5.563 million class action settlement (Maribel Moses settlement) favoring customers whose newspaper subscriptions were automatically renewed.
The Class Members
Anyone who didn’t enroll in an automatically renewing New York Times subscription directly through The New York Times Co. using a California billing and/or delivery address from June 17, 2016, to May 12, 2021, and was charged and paid an automatic renewal fee or fees in connection with their manual subscription plan is included in the Class.
In a class action lawsuit, the lead plaintiff claimed she had purchased a monthly New York Times subscription but was astonished when it automatically renewed, and she was billed for additional months. The company allegedly broke California law by failing to notify customers about the auto-renew practice. The Company denies the charges. Moreover, the court has not ruled in either party’s favor.
The New York Times was founded in 1851, reported having more than 7.8 million subscribers across print and digital platforms as of May 5, 2021.
The Maribel Moses Settlement
$1.65 million in cash and $3.913 million in automatic access credentials make up the settlement amount.
Each Class Member will be able to receive an access code for the free use of specific digital subscriptions to The New York Times after the Maribel Moses Settlement is finalized or to make a valid claim and receive a proportionate cash payment.
The payouts are expected to be around $5, according to the class counsel.
The automated access code will be sent to those who do not submit a claim and do not opt-out of the settlement. In addition, certain digital New York Times subscriptions that would ordinarily require a paid membership will be available for free with this code.
Additionally, there will be no obligation to use the service after the trial time has ended.
Class members who have an active New York Times subscription but do nothing will receive a code for a free one-month digital product subscription (like the Cooking or Crosswords features) that they do not currently subscribe to.
Suppose a Class Member is eligible for all of the New York Times’ digital subscription choices but does not take action. In that case, they will be given a complimentary one-month Basic Digital Access Subscription that they can share with friends and family.
Those who have an inactive New York Times subscription will receive the Basic Digital Access Subscription as well.
Revised Automatic Renewal Terms
In addition to the monetary compensation, The New York Times Co. has agreed to comply with California law by revising the automatic renewal conditions on its checkout sites and in direct-mail offers.
Customers who place new orders for New York Times subscription will receive an acknowledgment that includes the auto-renew terms, cancellation policy, and other details.
On September 10, 2021, a final approval hearing for the California New York Times Auto Subscription Class Action Lawsuit settlement will be held.
The deadline to request to be excluded from the Maribel Moses Settlement or to object to it is July 24, 2021.
In addition, the deadline to file a claim is July 24, 2021.
Editor’s Note on Maribel Moses Settlement – California New York Times Auto Subscription Class Action Lawsuit Settles For $5.5 Million:
This article is published to inform you of the latest settlement for the New York Times auto subscription class action lawsuit.
Case Name & No.: Maribel Moses, et al. v. The New York Times Co. d/b/a The New York Times, Case No. 1:20-cv-04658-RA
Jurisdiction: US District Court for the Southern District of New York
Products/Services: Unfair auto-renewal practices
Allegations: The company allegedly broke California law by failing to notify customers about the auto-renew practice.
Status: To be settled
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