The Final Approval Hearing was held on August 19, 2020, and the Court issued its Final Judgment approving the Settlement on the same day. You may read the Court's Order here.
What is this lawsuit about?
In this class action lawsuit, the Plaintiff alleges that the Defendant, Playboy Enterprises Inc. ("Playboy"), violated Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act by disclosing information related to its customers’ magazine subscriptions to third parties between January 1, 2016 and July 30, 2016. Playboy denies it violated any law, and the Court has not decided whether the Plaintiff or the Defendant should win the case. The Parties have instead agreed to settle the lawsuit to avoid the uncertainties and expenses associated with ongoing litigation.
How do I know if I am a part of the Settlement?
The Court decided that everyone who fits the following description is a member of the Settlement Class:
Persons that have a Michigan street address who subscribed to a Playboy Publication between January 1, 2016 and July 30, 2016 to be delivered to a Michigan street address, and who did not opt out of Playboy’s information sharing service.
Playboy Publications include any magazine published by Defendant or one of its subsidiaries in the United States, including but not limited to Playboy magazine.
What does the Settlement provide?
A Settlement Fund has been created totaling $3,850,000.00. Class Member payments, and the cost to administer the Settlement, the cost to inform people about the Settlement, attorneys’ fees (inclusive of litigation costs), and an award to the Class Representative will also come out of this fund. Those included in the Settlement will be eligible to receive a pro rata (meaning equal) portion of the Settlement Fund, which Class Counsel anticipates to be approximately $110.