Update on Class Action Lawsuit over Peloton class purges

A New York judge ruled last week that Peloton must face trial for a 2019 class action suit they are battling, with the judge denying Peloton’s motion to dismiss the case entirely. The case is Fishon v. Peloton Interactive, Inc. (1:19-cv-11711).

The class action lawsuit was originally filed in December of 2019, and centers around the statement that Peloton has made to members about the platform having an “ever growing on-demand library of fitness classes”.

In March of 2019 Peloton purged over 12,000 classes due to a lawsuit by a New York based music publishing company, which claimed that Peloton was streaming their music without proper licensing. Because of this purge of classes members claim that the statement about an ever growing library of classes was false and misleading, which motivated them to file their class action lawsuit. Those members believe they should not have been charged full monthly subscription prices with so much content being deleted, and that Peloton should have been more forthright with members about the upcoming removal of content.

The judge’s decision to deny Peloton’s motion to dismiss is multifaceted. One of the reasons cited by the judge is that “Peloton customers in New York from April 2018 to March 2019 could try to prove they overpaid because Peloton was silent about the “imminent” removal of much of its digital library.” Additionally the judge said that it was “reasonable to infer from Peloton’s claim of an ‘ever-growing’ library that ‘there would be value associated with the products that resulted in an increased price when that value was not actually there'”.

The plaintiffs’ lawyers are grateful for the Judge’s ruling to deny the dismissal of the case, and said they “look forward to prosecuting our client’s and the other class members’ claims through trial”.

No trial date has been set yet.

What are your thoughts on this lawsuit? Do you think the members’ complaints are valid?

The last major class purge took place in August 2021.

Reuters was the first to report this news.


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Tatiana Sokolik
Tatiana Sokolik is a writer for Pelo Buddy. She purchased her Bike and Tread in 2020 and has been smitten with Peloton ever since.

9 Comments

  • Alex P says:

    I don’t see a measureable damage given the still extensive library available to the subscriber. It’s an obnoxious lawsuit which is wasteful of the court’s time.

  • Nadia says:

    I always knew some Peloton subscribers were the biggest brats in the world and this proves it! What a tantrum, like there aren’t actual real problems in the world…

  • Mike says:

    The Peloton subscribers won’t get anything from this. It’s all about making money for lawyers.

  • Rebecca says:

    This is the kind of lawsuit that will sap the company of resources at a time when they cannot really afford it. They were required to do it due to a different (more legitimate) lawsuit; are people really so idiotic that they cannot see there was no alternative? Can they really claim they were somehow “harmed” by the removal? What whiner.

  • Shannon says:

    This is a frivolous lawsuit. I’ve been a Peloton member since 2018. The purges are annoying but necessary. There are always plenty of classes to choose from. I don’t like class action lawsuits that represent the demands of only a small subset of the supposed class. I’ve seen so many companies settle those to get rid of them because of the legal costs involved in fighting them. It just isn’t right. A class action lawsuit should represent the majority of the class.

  • Estrella says:

    This lawsuit is beyond ridiculous. There are new classes almost daily, adding to the library. Class purges occur for various reasons. No harm was done to us as members. The members in the “class action lawsuit” do not represent me or my opinions as a Peloton member.

  • Madison says:

    Glad the lawsuit is continuing.

    Anyone who seriously believes the deletion of 12,000 classes is insignificant, clearly has an agenda in supporting the defendant/Peloton.
    And they certainly haven’t been using a Peloton since 2018.

  • Karen says:

    I agree with Madison. A huge number of classes were cut, not just old ones. It was a very big deal at the time. The general sentiment was that it was awful. Many people were charged. When your favorite ride disappears what do you do? Many people had a specific “benchmark” ride or a ride that marked a special occasion. There was no warning when this occured.

  • Joe (not a Karen) says:

    Lowlife lawyers. No wonder a “Karen” agrees with this lawsuit. The purge didn’t affect most of us as there were still more than enough classes from which to choose. A very small minority of riders complained. Some people are just so miserable they will complain about everything. So ridiculous to say people had a specific “benchmark” ride or a ride that marked a special occasion. Get over it cupcake. Again, if there were such Karens, it was a small minority. Quit your crying and just ride.

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