The Atlantic Subscription Auto-Renewal Investigation
The Lyon Firm is investigating potentially illegal automatic renewal schemes and deceptive billing practices on behalf of plaintiffs nationwide. If you have questions about an auto-renewal of your Atlantic Monthly (The Atlantic) subscription, contact The Lyon Firm to review.
Consumers have alleged that when they subscribe to The Atlantic, formerly Atlantic Monthly, the company automatically enrolls them in an auto-renewal program. The Atlantic is one of the oldest publications in the country and covers news, politics, culture, technology, health, and more, through its articles, podcasts, videos, and flagship magazine. If you think you have been deceptively entered into an Atlantic subscription, call for a free consultation.
Joe Lyon is a class action consumer fraud lawyer investigating Atlantic subscription auto-renewal claims, and other deceptive billing practice complaints for plaintiffs nationwide.
The Atlantic Subscription: What are Automatic Renewal Law Violations?
There have been allegations that Atlantic Monthly may not entirely comply with District of Colombia Automatic Renewal Protections, and may be liable for relevant violations.
- 28A-203 states that a person who sells a good or service to a consumer for an initial term of 12 months or more, which automatically renews for one month or more, shall notify the consumer by first-class mail, email, or another easily accessible form in accordance with the following:
- “The notice must be sent to the consumer no fewer than 30 days and no more than 60 days before the automatic renewal;
- Disclose clearly and conspicuously: (i) unless the consumer cancels the contract, it will automatically renew; (ii) the costs of goods or services for the term of renewal; and (iii) the deadline by which the consumer must cancel the automatic renewal contract; and (iv) the methods by which the automatic renewal provision and cancellation procedures, including by contacting the seller at a specified phone number, email address; and
- If the notice is provide by email, include active web links to allows the cancel the automatic renewal. Moreover, a violation shall render the automatic renewal provision void and terminate the contract. Because the contract is void, Defendant rendered a gift onto the consumer and the money should be returned to class members.”
Multiple states have updated consumer protection laws that prohibit companies from automatically renewing subscriptions without obtaining proper consent or clearly explaining the terms and conditions of the contract. Federal laws also protect consumers. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), businesses must take proper steps to ensure that charges to customers’ credit cards and accounts are authorized.