*UPDATE* Disbursement for Nakai, et al. v. Hearst Magazine Media, Inc., et al. has been completed on May 31, 2022.
The Settlement received final approval from the Court on May 6, 2022. To view the Final Order and Judgment Granting
Plaintiff’s Motion for Final Approval, click here.
IF YOU WERE ENROLLED IN AN AUTOMATIC RENEWAL OR CONTINUOUS SERVICE MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION
THROUGH HEARST MAGAZINE MEDIA OR CDS GLOBAL,
YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION.
What is the Litigation About?
The Lawsuit alleges that certain California consumers who enrolled in automatic renewal or continuous service magazine
subscriptions for Hearst publications directly through Hearst Magazine Media, Inc. (“Hearst”) or CDS Global, Inc. (“CDS”) had
charges posted to their credit card, debit card, or third party payment accounts without first being presented with all of the
automatic renewal offer terms in a clear and conspicuous manner as required by California law. The Lawsuit alleges that
Defendants have violated the California Automatic Renewal Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17600 et seq., and certain other
provisions of California consumer protection law.
Although Defendants believe their practices complied with California law and deny the allegations of the Lawsuit, Defendants
chose to settle this case without admitting any liability.
Am I a Class Member?
All individuals who, between January 1, 2015 and September 23, 2021, enrolled in at least one automatic-renewal or
continuous-service magazine subscription for a Hearst publication directly through Defendants, paid for at least one renewal for
a subscription, and who used a California street address as the shipping address for that subscription.
Each individual within the foregoing Class definition is referred to as a “Class Member.” Excluded from the Settlement Class
are the judicial officers to whom this case is assigned.
What Does the Settlement Provide?
In full and complete settlement of the claims of the Class Members who do not exclude themselves, Defendants will pay the
principal amount of $2,256,928.15 (the “Settlement Amount”). The Settlement Amount, plus any interest thereon, will be used
to pay Class Counsel’s attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses (both as approved by the Court), any service payments that the
Court may award to the Class Representatives, the expenses of settlement administration (including class notice), and the
settlement payments to the Class Members who submit timely and valid Claims. If any funds are remaining by reason of
uncashed settlement checks or otherwise, the remaining amount will be paid to one or more cy pres recipients approved by the
Court, or as otherwise directed by the Court. In addition to the monetary consideration, the Settlement also includes injunctive
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS ?
FILE A CLAIM BY
MARCH 21, 2022
To potentially qualify for a monetary payment from the Settlement, potential
Class Members must file a Claim.
For detailed information about how to file a Claim, see FAQ 7
If you do nothing, you will not be a Participating Class Member and you will
not qualify to receive a monetary payment, but you will be bound by the
release in the Settlement Agreement
REQUEST TO BE EXCLUDED BY
MARCH 21, 2022
Any Class Member who wishes to be excluded from the Settlement must
complete and return a request for exclusion via U.S. Mail, email, or personal
delivery, and that request for exclusion must be validated by the Settlement
For detailed information about how to exclude yourself from the Settlement,
see FAQ 7
OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT BY
MARCH 21, 2022
Any Class Member who wishes to object to the Settlement may do so orally
or in writing.
For detailed information about how to object to the Settlement, see FAQ 7.