With Its Pleading Junked, Hearst Magazine Will Face Subscription Class Action Lawsuit In California Court
The legal battle is officially still on after a California federal judge has rejected Hearst Magazine’s motion to dismiss a complaint filed against the publisher concerning its allegedly illegal auto-renew subscription scheme.
Filed in the United States (U.S.) District Court Southern District of California, the sitting judge on the case, Judge William Hayes, has decided to dismiss the request from Hearst Magazine and allowed the case to push through in their court.
Judge Hayes argued in their decision that the plaintiffs were able to present sufficient evidence to back up their claims contained in their complaint’s official filing.
Nevertheless, the magazine company has scored a minor victory as the judge also decided to drop the plaintiff’s claim that they would not have purchased any more magazine subscriptions in the future – thus leading to a drop in claims of an injunction.
Hearst Magazine will face the trio of lead plaintiffs in the Hearst Magazine Subscription Class Action Lawsuit, Kelly Nakai, Michele Ruppert, and Fenella Arnold, in court after they have accused the company of violating the California Automatic Renewal Law and Unfair Competition Law.
These laws were enacted to ensure that country magazine renewal does not happen without the customer knowing about it.
Hearst Magazine officials have maintained that it did not do any wrongdoing and stressed that they have placed sufficient information to consumers of the auto-renew feature that it offers alongside its other magazine subscriptions.
Yet, how did we come to this situation? It all started after the complainants have signed up for a temporary subscription scheme of a handful of magazine issues being offered under Hearst Magazine.
These were Oprah Magazine, Food Network Magazine, Woman’s Day, HGTV Magazine, and Good Housekeeping.
This cost them only $2, but after the temporary trial period, their subscription auto-renewed without their express prior content, which cost them more than $30.
They believed that the company has duped them into believing that their trial subscription would not auto-renew by itself as soon as the period lapses.
About Hearst Communications
Hearst Communications, in this feature, referred to as ‘Hearst Magazine,’ is an American multinational mass media company based in New York City.
Founded in the late 19th century by William Randolph Hearst, the company currently employs over 20,000 individuals. Hearst Communications has been able to tally a revenue of $11.4 billion in 2019.
Editor’s Note on Hearst Magazine Auto Subscription Class Action Lawsuit:
This news article is published to give you an update on the latest saga Hearst Magazine is facing in a California court.
Plaintiffs in the Hearst Magazine Subscription Class Action Lawsuit will tackle the company’s legal representatives head-on after it accused them of violating California state statutes in its auto-renewal subscription scheme.
We here at Consider The Consumer believe that every consumer has a right, and it should always come first – no further questions asked.
As this is an on-going case in court, we will update you on the latest events surrounding this matter.
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