Employees File Class-Action Suit Against Primedia

LOS ANGELES — Attorneys for employees of Primedia Inc. filed a lawsuit against the magazine publisher, alleging the company violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

The suit, which seeks class-action status on behalf of employees at all of Primedia’s more than 500 media properties, was filed in the U.S. Central District Court in California.

Rosenfeld Meyer&Susman, the law firm representing the employees, said the complaint alleges Primedia and its key executives violated federal racketeering statutes and conspired to violate federal racketeer statutes.

The complaint alleges breach of contract, promissory fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as failure to pay wages due.

Officials at Primedia (PRM) didn’t have an immediate response, but were expected to comment later.

Primedia publishes New York and Seventeen magazines, as well as hundreds of special-interest magazines such as Craftrends and Arabian Horse World, and apartment and home guides and business directories. It is majority-owned by New York investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

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