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Undisclosed Auto Subscription Renew

Cover of Reader's Digest, a TMB Publication

California passed its Automatic Renewal Law (ARL) in 2009, to prevent companies from extending subscriptions of various types without agreement from the consumer. The complaint for this class action alleges that Trusted Media Brands, Inc. (TMB) has violated this law by automatically renewing consumer subscriptions to its magazines.

Sample Monthly Box of Workout Clothing from Yoga Club

It seems that anything can be sold by subscription these days. Yoga Club, LLC sells yoga workout clothing and related products and offers a service that sends subscribers a three-piece yoga outfit each month. But the complaint for this class action claims that the company does not obey California’s laws for subscription or continuous service agreements.

Entry to Public Storage in Goleta, CA

Ann Fox had rented a self-storage unit in Goleta, California since 2003. When Public Storage took over the facility in 2006, the complaint for this class action alleges, it began to put into practice its policy of increasing rental fees at least once a year and to auto-debit customer accounts for the higher amounts without sending them notice that their rental fees had been raised. According to the complaint, this is a violation of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA) and of the California Automatic Purchase Renewal Statute (CAPRS).

image of proactiv products

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that Guthy-Renker LLC violated California Business & Professions Code by enrolling consumers in automatic renewal billing for Proactiv products without properly informing the consumers about their automatic renewal billing practices.

image of active advantage logo

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that when they used Active Network's website ActiveAdvantage to register for races, the website automatically enrolled them in their membership program without consent.  This membership program charged plaintiffs and other class members $59.99 (later $64.99) annually.

image of mcafee logo

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that McAfee violated certain California statutes and common law with regard to its autorenewal practices and its advertisements of discounts and reference prices.

picture of birchbox logo

This class action lawsuit alleges that Birchbox, a high-end online cosmetic retailer based out of California, automatically renewed online subscriptions without clearly displaying renewal or cancelation terms.  Many of the accounts renewed were free trials.