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Unlawful Subscription Renewal

This California class action takes up the problem of automatic renewals of subscriptions, which are increasingly common these days. The complaint alleges that when consumers bought magazine subscriptions, Time, Inc. and Meredith Corp. automatically enrolled them in future subscriptions without their consent.

Massage Envy Interior with Front Desk and Waiting Area

Do subscribers to Massage Envy’s monthly massage know how much they’re paying for their memberships? The complaint for this class action alleges that many do not know, because Massage Envy Franchising, LLP raises the rates without informing them.

Two Pieces of Raw Beef on Cutting Board with Peppercorns and Herbs

California has strict laws on automatic renewals of subscriptions and continuous service offers. The complaint for this class action alleges that ButcherBox, LLC did not meet the requirements for these renewals for consumers in the state of California. The complaint claims the company did not provide the automatic renewal or continuous service offer terms, cancellation policy, or information on how to cancel, in a form that consumers could retain.

Synapse Logo

Nearly $5 million is the price Synapse Group, Inc. and SynapseConnect, Inc. are paying to settle a class action alleging that their automatic magazine subscription renewals violated California law. The complaint alleged that the companies did not give consumers clear and conspicuous notice of the automatic renewal terms.

SeaWorld Ride at San Antonio, Texas Theme Park

SeaWorld is paying $12 million to settle a class action claiming that it breached contracts when it automatically renewed EZpay contracts with passholders. The EZpay contracts allow consumers to make monthly payments for yearlong passes to SeaWorld theme parks. The complaint alleged that renewals in some cases also violated the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA).

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.

Box from Le Tote

Le Tote, Inc. is one of a growing number of companies who provide goods and services by subscription or continuous service agreements. But the complaint for this class action alleges that Le Tote sells to consumers in California without obeying California laws on laws on automatic subscription renewal or continuous service agreements.

Apollo Box Moon Light

Many companies now sell their products by subscription or continuous service agreements. They offer not only music or news but also clothing and home décor products, and at times consumers are not aware that they have signed up for more than their original purchase. The complaint for this class action alleges that Apollo Box, Inc. violated California laws on the automatic renewal of subscriptions or continuous service agreements.

Phone with Brain.fm App on Screen

Among California’s consumer protection laws is one that limits the way companies can renew customer subscriptions. The complaint for this class action alleges that Brain.fm, Inc. did not follow that law and charged customers’ payment methods for ongoing deliveries of service without fulfilling the details of the law.

Simple Habit on Phone Screen

One of California’s many consumer protection laws deals with the way companies can renew customer subscriptions. The complaint for this class action alleges that Simple Habit, Inc. did not follow that law and made charges to customers’ payment methods for ongoing product shipments or deliveries of service, without obtaining those customers’ consent.

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