Unless you exclude yourself, you stay in the Class, and that means that you can’t sue, continue to sue, or be part of any other lawsuit against Defendant about the legal issues in this case. If the Settlement is approved and becomes final and not subject to appeal, then you and all class members release all “Released Claims” against all “Released Parties.”
“Released Claims” means (i) any and all claims, rights (including rights to restitution or reimbursement), demands, actions, causes of action, suits, liens, damages, attorneys’ fees, obligations, contracts, liabilities, agreements, costs, expenses, or losses of any nature or description whatsoever; (ii) whether known or unknown, direct or indirect, matured or unmatured, contingent or absolute, existing or potential, suspected or unsuspected, equitable or legal, individual or representative; and (iii) whether based on the Video Rental Privacy Act, M.C.L. § 445.1711 (“VRPA”) or under federal statutory law, federal common law or federal regulation, or the statutes, constitutions, regulations, ordinances, common law, or any other law of any and all states or their subdivisions, parishes or municipalities; (iv) that arise out of or relate in any way to disclosure of Settlement Class Members’ personal information, including but not limited to, their name, address, and/or their subscription history; and (v) that have been, or could have been, brought in the Action, as well as any claims arising out of the same nucleus of operative facts as any of the claims asserted in the Action. In addition, with respect to Representative Plaintiffs only, “Released Claims” includes all claims arising, or that could arise in the future, out of any conduct or omissions occurring as of the date of preliminary court approval of the Settlement that might be attributable to any of the Released Parties.
“Released Parties” means Wenner, Us Weekly LLC, Men’s Journal LLC, and Rolling Stone LLC, including their affiliates, parents, direct and indirect subsidiaries, agents, insurers, and any company or companies under common control with any of them, and each of their respective predecessors, successors and assigns (including, without limitation, American Media, Inc. (“AMI”) and Weider Publications, LLC (“Weider”)), past and present officers, directors, managers, employees, agents, servants, accountants, attorneys, advisors, shareholders, members, insurers, representatives, partners, vendors, issuers, or anyone acting on their behalf.