Welcome to the Steven Keenholtz, M.D. and Dorothy Guillicksen v. GateHouse Media, LLC, et al. Settlement website.
ATTENTION ALL CLASS MEMBERS:
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT CERTAIN DEADLINES IN THE CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT PRELIMINARY APPROVAL ORDER (“PRELIMINARY APPROVAL ORDER”) HAVE BEEN MODIFIED AS SET FORTH IN THE STIPULATION TO MODIFY THE SCHEDULE PROVIDED IN THE PRELIMINARY APPROVAL ORDER (“STIPULATION”). A COPY OF WHICH IS AVAILABLE HERE. PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT GHM HAS DETERMINED THAT THERE WERE A NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL CLASS MEMBERS TO WHICH NOTICE HAS NOT BEEN PROVIDED AS OF THE DATE OF THE STIPULATION; SPECIFICALLY, CLASS MEMBERS WHO PURCHASED A SUBSCRIPTION FROM GHM FOR ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE (3) GHM PUBLICATIONS: CAPE COD TIMES, STANDARD TIMES, AND WORCESTER TELEGRAM & GAZETTE (“ADDITIONAL CLASS MEMBERS”). AS SET FORTH IN THE STIPULATION, THE ADDITIONAL CLASS MEMBERS WILL BE PROVIDED NOTICE AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM OR OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT.
This website contains information regarding a proposed class action settlement that has been preliminary approved in a lawsuit entitled Steven Keenholtz, M.D. and Dorothy Guillicksen, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated v. GateHouse Media, LLC, et al., Case No. 1777-CV-00184 ("Action"), pending in the Massachusetts Superior Court.
NATURE OF THE SETTLEMENT
The Action alleges that GHM violated Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 93A, § 9 and 940 C.M.R. §§ 3.02(3)-(4), 3.04, 3.05, 3.13(1)(a), and 3.16(2) by allegedly not adequately disclosing surcharges associated with "premium edition" publications, including Lens magazine, that are published periodically by GHM ("Premium Editions"). GHM denies any wrongdoing and any liability whatsoever, and no court or other entity has made any judgment or other determination of any liability. The parties, however, have reached a proposed settlement ("Settlement") of the Action and have determined that the Settlement is in the best interests of the parties and the Class.
THE SETTLEMENT CLASS
The class is identified as all persons who, between April 1, 2014 and March 21, 2017 ("Class Period"), resided in Massachusetts, purchased a subscription from GHM for a GHM publication, received one or more Premium Editions, were assessed an additional amount for the Premium Editions, and, rather than be billed for the additional amount, had the length of their subscription adjusted such that the expiration of their subscription was accelerated based on the surcharge amount of the Premium Editions published during the Class Period ("Class" and "Class Member").