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Lebowitz v Dow Jones

Lebowitz v Dow Jones

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Published by: Eric Goldman on Mar 19, 2012
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK----------------------------------XGARY LEBOWITZ, ANDREW NEWMARK,ALLAN NEWMARK, and BURT FAURE,Individually and on Behalf ofAll Others Similarly Situated,Plaintiff, OPINION-against- 06 Civ. 2198 (MGC)DOW JONES & COMPANY, INC.Defendants.----------------------------------XAPPEARANCES:GISKAN, SOLOTAROFF & ANDERSON, LLPAttorneys for Plaintiffs Gary Lebowitz, AndrewNewmark, Allan Newmark, and Burt Faure11 Broadway, Suite 2150New York, New York 10004BY: Oren S. Giskan, Esq.Catherine Elizabeth Anderson, Esq.LAW OFFICE OF PAUL C. WHALENAttorneys for Plaintiff Gary Lebowitz222 East 34th Street, Suite 1412New York, New York 10016BY: Paul C. Whalen, Esq.LAW OFFICES OF CURTIS V. TRINKOAttorneys for Plaintiffs Andrew Newmark, AllanNewmark, and Burt Faure16th West 46th Street, 7th FloorNew York, NY 10026BY: Curtis V. Trinko, Esq.
Case 1:06-cv-02198-MGC Document 163 Filed 03/12/12 Page 1 of 15
2GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHERAttorneys for Defendant200 Park Avenue, 48th FloorNew York, New York 10166BY: Randy M. Mastro, Esq.Mark Benjamin Holton, Esq.Daniel Martin Sullivan, Esq.
Case 1:06-cv-02198-MGC Document 163 Filed 03/12/12 Page 2 of 15
Cedarbaum, J.
Plaintiffs, a putative class of Wall Street Journal Online(“WSJ Online”) annual subscribers sue Dow Jones & Company, Inc.for breach of contract and violation of New York GeneralBusiness Law § 349(a). The complaint alleges that Dow Joneseliminated prepaid annual subscribers’ access to Barron’s Online(“BOL”) in violation of the subscriber agreement, and that DowJones failed to disclose that prepaid subscribers would notretain access to both WSJ Online and BOL for the duration oftheir subscriptions. Plaintiffs have moved for classcertification.Dow Jones moves for summary judgment on plaintiffs’ claims.For the reasons that follow, Dow Jones’s motion is granted.
The following facts are undisputed, except wherespecifically noted.Dow Jones owns and operates WSJ Online. Before January 8,2006, online subscribers to WSJ Online had access to the contentof both WSJ Online and BOL. On that date, Dow Jones “spun off”BOL into a separate service. Existing annual subscribers couldchoose to convert their subscriptions from WSJ Online to thenew, freestanding BOL and lose access to WSJ Online, or theycould retain their WSJ Online subscriptions and access BOL for aprorated fee, up to a maximum of $20. The $20 fee was prorated
Case 1:06-cv-02198-MGC Document 163 Filed 03/12/12 Page 3 of 15

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