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Class Action Direct Brands BookSpan Columbia House Double Day Book Club

Class Action Direct Brands BookSpan Columbia House Double Day Book Club

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Class Action Lawsuit Against Direct Brands Book Spa: Operators of Columbia House DVD Club, Book of the Month Club, Double Day Book Club, The Good Cook and Many Others
Class Action Lawsuit Against Direct Brands Book Spa: Operators of Columbia House DVD Club, Book of the Month Club, Double Day Book Club, The Good Cook and Many Others

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1213142Plaintiff,
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ATTORNEYSFORPLAINTIFFANDTHEPUTATIVECLASS16
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3SEANREIS(SBN184044)
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EDELSONMCGUIRE,LLP30021TomasStreet,Suite300RanchoSantaMargarita,California92688Telephone:(949)459-2124Facsimile:(949)459-21235JAYEDELSON*(jedelsoneuedelson.com)RAFEYS.BALABANIAN*(rbalabanian@edelson.com)BRADLEYM.BAGLlEN*(bbagUen@edelson.com)CHRISTOPHERL.DORE*(cdore@edelson.com)EDELSONMCGUIRELLC350NorthLasalleStreet,Suite1300Chicago,Illinois60654Telephone:(312)589-6370Fax:(312)589-6378
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ApplicationForthcoming
UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTSOUTHERNDISTRICTOFCALIFORNIA
18MARTHACORNETT,individuallyandonbehalfofallotherssimilarlysituated,19202122232627
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DIRECTBRANDS,INC.,aDelawarecorporationandBOOKSPAN,aDelawaregeneralpartnership,Defendants.)CaseNo.
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CLASSACTIONCOMPLAINT
2PlaintiffMarthaCornett,forherclassactioncomplaint,allegesasfollowsupon3personalknowledgeastoherselfandherownactsandexperiences,and,astoallother4matters,uponinformationandbelief,includinginvestigationconductedbyherattorneys.5
NATUREOFTHEACTION
61.PlaintiffbringsthisclassactioncomplaintagainstDefendantsDirectBrands,7Inc.andBookspan(collectively"Defendants")basedupontheirdeceptiveandunlawful8conductinconnectionwiththedesign,marketing,andoperationofnumerousmail-orderand9onlinebook,musicandmovieclubs(the"Clubs").102.InordertoinduceconsumerstosignupfortheClubs,DefendantsofferIIintroductory,"one-time"dealstonewmemberswhileintentionallyfailingtodisclose12numerouscosts,penaltyfees,andobligationsimposedbyDefendantspursuanttoa13membershipagreementthatpurportedlygovernsmembershipintheClubs(the"Membership14Agreement").153.AmongthepurportedrequirementsoftheMembershipAgreementisthat16membersmustpurchaseaminimumnumberofproductsfromthesubjectclubat"regular17clubprices"intheone-yearperiodfollowingthedateofregistration.Defendantsusethese18minimumpurchaserequirementstosystematicallyforcememberstopurchaseproductsfrom19theClubsatinflatedpricesandtochargeconsumersexcessivepenaltyfeesfortheiralleged20failuretomeettheminimumpurchaserequirements.214.However,Defendantslackauthoritytoimposethesechargesandfeeson22consumersbecausetheMembershipAgreementisaninvalidandunenforceableopenprice23contract.Inparticular,theMembershipAgreementfailstodiscloseaprice,termorclear24objectivecriteriatoinformconsumersof:a)thecostsandconsequencesofnotfulfillingthe25minimumpurchaserequirements;b)theactualcostofpurchasingproductsthatwouldfulfill26theminimumpurchaserequirements;andc)whichproducts,whenpurchased,willfulfillthe
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minimumpurchaserequirements.25.Accordingly,Plaintiff:onbehalfofherselfandallotherssimilarlysituated,3bringsthisactiontorequestadeclarationthattheMembershipAgreementisinvalidand4unenforceableandtorecovermoniesunlawfullyretainedbyDefendantsinconnectionwith5theiroperationoftheClubs.
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76.8California.97.DefendantDirectBrands,Inc.isacorporationincorporatedandexistingunder10thelawsoftheStateofDelawarewithitsprincipalplaceofbusinesslocatedat501Franklin
PARTIES
PlaintiffMarthaCornettisanaturalpersonandacitizenoftheStateof
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Avenue,GardenCity,NewYork11530.DirectBrandsisadirect-toconsumermarketerand12sellerofbook,music,andvideoproducts.DirectBrandstransactsbusinessthroughoutthe13UnitedStates,theStateofCalifornia,andthisDistrict.148.DefendantBookspanisageneralpartnershipexistingunderthelawsofthe
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stateofDelawarewithitsprincipalplaceofbusinesslocatedat501FranklinAvenue,Garden
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City,NewYork11530.Bookspanisadirect-toconsumermarketerandsellerofbook,17music,andvideoproducts.BookspanisanaffiliateownedandoperatedbyDefendantDirect
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Brands.BookspantransactsbusinessthroughouttheUnitedStates,theStateofCalifornia,19andthisDistrict.20
JURISDICTION&VENUE
219.TheCourthassubjectmatterjurisdictionoverthisactionpursuanttotheClassActionFairnessActof2005,28U.S.C.§1332(d),because(a)atleastonememberofthe23putativeclassisacitizenofastatedifferentfromDefendants,
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theamountincontroversy24exceeds$5,000,000,exclusiveofinterestandcosts,and(c)noneoftheexceptionsunderthat25subsectionapplytothisaction.2610.VenueisproperinthisDistrictunder28U.S.C.§1391(a)(1-2)asPlaintiff27283

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so glad to see the class action lawsuit against Doubleday Book Club- My mother was harassed by them as well
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