Perlin v. Time Inc.

Welcome to the Perlin v. Time Inc. Settlement Website

This website contains information regarding a proposed class action settlement that has been preliminarily approved by the Court in Perlin v. Time Inc., United States District Court for the Easter District of Michigan, Case No. 2:16-cv-10635-GCS-MKM.

If you are a member of the Settlement Class (defined below) and want to receive payment under the Settlement, you must submit a Claim Form by November 29, 2018.


A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against magazine publisher Time Inc., who is the Defendant. The class action lawsuit involves whether Time disclosed its customers’ subscription information to third parties in violation of Michigan privacy law.

This lawsuit claims that Defendant violated Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act, M.C.L. § 445.1712 (“VRPA”) by disclosing information related to its customers’ magazine subscriptions to third parties. The Defendant denies it violated any law. The Court has not determined who is right. Rather, the Parties have agreed to settle the lawsuit to avoid the uncertainties and expenses associated with ongoing litigation.


The Court decided that everyone who fits this description is a member of the Settlement Class:

All persons with Michigan street addresses who purchased a subscription to a Time Publication directly from Time, but in a manner other than through a Time website, between February 19, 2013 and February 19, 2016.

Most Class Members purchased their subscriptions to Time Publications by mailing in a postcard to Time Inc. Such postcards typically include discounts off the cover price when buying a subscription.

Time Publications include: Cooking Light, Coastal Living, Health, Southern Living, Sunset, This Old House, All You, Big Picture, Essence, Edge, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, Golf, InStyle, Travel & Leisure, Time, Time for Kids, People, People En Español, People Style, Money, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Kids, Real Simple, Food & Wine, and Wallpaper.