In April 2018, the consumer reports have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $16.4 million. So, the Michigan residents who have purchased a subscription to consumer reports, between April 2010 and October 2016 are eligible to recover an amount of $180 from $16.4 million through consumer reports class action settlement.
The consumers who are eligible for the settlement fund include the ones who have subscribed to consumer reports online, consumer reports, and consumer reports on ShopSmart, Newsletter or MoneyAdvisor. However, the purchase should be done between April 1, 2010, and October 31, 2016.
The plaintiffs have made an allegation that consumer reports have shared the personal information (including names, age, gender, address, income, religion, ethnicity, and religion) of subscribers to their publications. Their claims also say that the reports have also shared the contact details of customers, and then the consumers got a lot of telecalls and junk mails.
Moreover, this settlement also has claimed that the consumer reports have also violated the Michigan Preservation of Personal Privacy Act. So, under this settlement, the class members who will submit a claim are eligible to receive a settlement fund of $180. This amount will also cover the costs that include an award to the representative, attorney and administrator fees.
However, the class members will only have until Jan 17, 2019, to submit a claim. The class members can submit a claim through mail or online.
The final hearing of this class action settlement is scheduled for Nov’30, 2018.
In this settlement, the class member will also receive an award of $7,500 for bringing the case to light and utilizing her services.
Proof Of Purchase
Who Is Eligible?
The Michigan customers who have purchased a subscription between April 1, 2010, and October 31, 2016, are eligible for this settlement. But the purchase must include a subscription to the consumer reports online, consumer reports or the reports on ShopSmart, Money Advisor or Health Newsletter.
Ruppel v. Consumers Union of United States Inc., Case No. 7:16-cv-02444-KMK-JCM, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Magazine Subscriber Privacy Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91304
Seattle, WA 98111
Note: Before you submit the claim, remember that you are submitting it under penalty of perjury. You will be harming other eligible members if you are submitting a fraudulent claim. If you are unsure of your qualification, you can read the FAQ section of the settlement website.