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Subscribers to The Washington Post (WaPo) who had a digital subscription that renewed automatically may be eligible to benefit from a $6.8 million class action settlement.

The Class is made up of anyone who, from July 29, 2016, to and through April 1, 2021, enrolled in a digital WaPo subscription using a California billing address and who, during that period, was charged and paid one or more automatic renewal fees in connection with the subscription.

A class action lawsuit had alleged The Washington Post violated California law by renewing subscriptions automatically and charging subscribers without providing certain disclosures or obtaining the required authorizations.

The Washington Post has denied all allegations of wrongdoing, and the Court has not ruled in favor of either party in this case.

WaPo had nearly 3 million digital subscribers as of November 2020, according to Axios — more than three times the number of digital-only subscriptions in 2016. An all-access digital subscription runs $10 every four weeks, while a premium subscription runs $15 every four weeks.

The total value of the settlement is $6,762,480 — about $4,362,480 in automatic account credit codes and $2.4 million in cash benefits.

If the settlement is approved, Class Members who take no action can still benefit from the WaPo auto-renew settlement:

  • Those who had an active annual subscription to The Washington Post as of April 1, 2021, and who do not submit a claim electing to receive cash or exclude themselves from the settlement will receive an automatic account credit code for eight free weeks of their then-current WaPo subscription, a $20 value.
  • Those with an active four-week WaPo subscription as of April 1, 2021, and take no action will receive an automatic account credit code for four free weeks of their then-current WaPo subscription, a $10 value.
  • If a Class Member who chooses not to file a claim had an inactive subscription to The Washington Post as of April 1, 2021, and their most recent subscription was annual, they will receive an automatic account credit code for eight weeks of a free WaPo premium digital subscription, a $20 value, and will have no expectation or obligation to continue using or paying for the services beyond that free period.
  • Class Members who had an inactive WaPo subscription as of April 1, 2021, their most recent subscription renewed every four weeks, and they do nothing, will receive an automatic account credit code for four weeks of a free WaPo premium digital subscription, valued at $10, with no obligation or expectation that they will continue to use or pay for the services beyond the free period.

Alternatively, Class Members may file a claim regardless of whether their subscription was active or inactive as of April 1, 2021. 

Valid claims will entitle the Class Member to a prorated cash payment instead of an automatic account credit code.

A final hearing will take place Nov. 17, 2021. 

The deadline to opt out of or object to the settlement is Sept. 19, 2021.

The claim deadline is also Sept. 19, 2021.

Who’s Eligible

The Class is made up of anyone who, from July 29, 2016, to and through April 1, 2021, enrolled in a digital WaPo subscription using a California billing address and who, during that period, were charged and paid one or more automatic renewal fees in connection with the subscription.

Potential Award

Varies

Proof of Purchase

No proof of purchase required 

Claim Form

NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.

Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Claim Form Deadline

09/19/2021

Case Name

Jordan v. WP Company LLC, Case No. 3:20-cv-05218-WHO in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Final Hearing

11/17/2021

Claims Administrator

CA Newspaper Renewal Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 11035
Seattle, WA 98111
info@CANewspaperRenewalSettlement.com
888-691-3208

Class Counsel

Frederick J. Klorczyk III
Neal J. Deckant
Julia K. Venditti
BURSOR & FISHER PA

Defense Counsel

Jacob Sommer
Zachary Lerner
Alexei Klestoff
ZWILLGEN PLLC

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2 Comments

  • D. S. August 11, 2021

    Something I urged my mother to purse at the time–to prevent the practice from occuring on more mass-scale…

    BJ’s Wholesale Club sent my mom a BJ’s credit card bill with her automatically renewed club membership fee charged to it. She hadn’t signed up for this card. The membership belonged to the snack & coffee fund (which she volunteered to help with restocking most fridays on her way home). She purchased everything using her personal CC & would submit the receipt(s) for reimbursement on Monday morning when she would also return the membership card. I assume this would be the only way her credit identifiers would’ve been available to BJ’s…

    Seems like so much more private information & data is being shared between all of these companies than we ever could’ve imagined…

  • Michele McManus August 7, 2021

    Please add me

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