Idahoans receive e-Book pricing settlement notification

Idahoans who purchased electronic books – or e-Books – from five of the largest U.S. book publishers between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012, are receiving notifications that they are entitled to refunds as part of a national settlement.

According to the state Attorney General’s Office, Idaho consumers will receive up to $347,000.

In the September settlement, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, and Simon & Schuster agreed to pay a total of more than $69 million to consumers nationwide to resolve antitrust claims of an alleged unlawful conspiracy to fix the prices of electronic books.

E-book retailers have contacted their eligible customers by e-mail. The messages are legitimate e-mails authorized by the Attorney General, but consumers should be wary of copycat scams.

Those who purchased e-Books from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo will receive a refund automatically, and are not required to file a claim. However, for purchases from all other retailers, consumers must submit a claim either online at www.EBookAGSettlements.com or request a form by phone – information is available at that website.

Consumers with additional questions may contact the Idaho Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division toll free at (800) 432-3545.

The lawsuit continues against Apple, Holtzbrinck Publishers d/b/a MacMillian, and Penguin Group. A trial is currently scheduled for next June.  (Idaho AG)

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