Tom Gilchrist reports:
A Huron County woman, represented by four attorneys, has filed a federal class-action lawsuit alleging an Iowa magazine publisher illegally shared personal information about her and other Michigan magazine subscribers, and demanding $5 million on the group’s behalf.
Deborah Kinder alleges Des Moines-based Meredith Corp. — publisher of Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal, Family Circle and Midwest Living — intentionally and unlawfully disclosed “highly personal and sensitive information” about her and other subscribers.
Kinder claims she subscribes to those four magazines. Her lawsuit, filed March 28 in U.S. District Court in Bay City, claims Meredith supplements its sales and advertising revenues by compiling and disseminating its subscribers’ personal information — including full names, titles of magazines subscribed to, home addresses, age, income, travel habits, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation — to third parties.
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