Welcome to the Kran v. Hearst Communications, Inc. Settlement Website

If you received at least two calls promoting subscriptions to the San Francisco Chronicle, but your telephone number is registered on the National Do Not Call List, a class action settlement may affect your rights.


A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Hearst Communications, Inc. and A Marketing Resource, LLC. The suit concerns whether the Defendants violated a federal law called the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”) by making telephone calls in order to sell subscriptions (or renewal to subscriptions) to the San Francisco Chronicle to individuals whose numbers had been registered on the National Do Not Call Registry (the “DNC List”) for at least 30 days. Defendants deny any wrongdoing and maintain that the Telephone Calls do not violate the TCPA. The Settlement does not establish who is correct, but rather is a compromise to end the lawsuit.

You are included in the Settlement if

  1. you had your telephone number(s) registered with the National Do Not Call Registry for at least thirty days prior to the first Telephone Call,
  2. you received more than one Telephone Call within a twelve-month period,
  3. you were not a subscriber to the San Francisco Chronicle for a period of at least 18 months prior to the first Telephone Call (or you never subscribed at all). You may be entitled to a cash payment if you affirm that you received such calls.

Those who submit valid claims will be eligible to receive shares of a $2.1 million settlement fund that Hearst has agreed to establish based upon the number of calls they received, up to $500 per call. Each individual who submits a valid claim will receive a portion of this fund, after all notice and administration costs, the incentive award, and attorneys’ fees have been paid. Hearst has also agreed to implement procedures to ensure they do not call individuals registered on the DNC List in the future unless they have an existing business relationship with such individuals.

You can file a claim online here or at the File Claim link above.


Your Legal Rights and Options in This Settlement

Submit a Claim Form This is the only way to receive a payment.
Exclude Yourself You will receive no payment, but you will retain any rights you currently have to sue Defendants about the issues in this case.
Object Write to the Court explaining why you don’t like the Settlement.
Attend a Hearing Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement.
Do Nothing You will receive no payment under the Settlement and give up your rights to sue the Defendants about the issues in this case.


Important Dates

Claims Filing Deadline October 27, 2016
Exclusion Deadline September 2, 2016
Objection Deadline September 2, 2016
Final Fairness Hearing November 10, 2016