Stages of Beauty’s website sells skin improvement products designed for specific decades of life and offers to deliver products on a subscription basis as well. However, Plaintiff Matthew Lopez claims that the company does not follow California law regarding the automatic renewal of subscriptions.
The class for this action is all persons in California who, within the applicable statute of limitations up to the final judgment of this action, bought from Stages of Beauty, its predecessors, or its affiliates, any product or service via and “automatic renewal” as defined by § 17601(a) of the California Business & Professions Code.
In passing this section of the Code, California legislators were trying to stop the practice of companies making ongoing charges to consumers’ credit cards, without their express consent, for products, shipments, or continuous services.
The laws in this section on automatic subscription renewals require the following:
The complaint claims that Stages of Beauty did not meet these three requirements of the law and that this also constitutes a violation of the California’s Unfair Competition Law.
Interestingly, the law says that goods or services provided to consumers as part of an improper automatic renewal will be deemed an unconditional gift to the consumers. We can at least hope that plaintiff Lopez enjoys his products.