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Peloton rider files lawsuit against company over removal of workouts involved in copyright dispute


By Carrie Bradon | Jun 24, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Exercise equipment maker Peloton is facing a class action lawsuit over allegations the removal of workouts involved in a copyright infringement suit has diminished a consumer's experience with the equipment.

Jonathon Goldman, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on March 29 in the Los Angeles Superior Court against Peloton Interactive Inc. and Does 1-10 alleging violation of the state's Consumer and Legal Remedies Act and other counts.

The suit states the plaintiff purchased one of the defendant's stationary bikes and paid the $39-per-month subscription service for on-demand or live workout classes. The suit states the classes are offered via the bike's touchscreen tablet.

The suit states on March 19, a number of music publishers sued the defendant for $150 million, claiming that the defendant committed copyright infringement by using more than 1,000 songs for the workouts and failing to pay for the use of the songs. The defendant announced on March 25 that it was removing the workout videos from its products that used the songs in question, the suit states. 

The plaintiff alleges the removal of the workouts has significantly diminished the user’s experience with the products.

The plaintiff is seeking restitution, punitive damages, interest, attorneys’ fees, costs of the suit and other relief deemed fit. The plaintiff is represented by Gillian Wade, Sara D. Avila and Marc A. Castaneda of Milstein, Jackson, Fairchild & Wade LLP in Los Angeles.

The case was removed by the defendant on June 7 to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:19-CV-04968

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