Wisconsin residents who purchased E-books may receive an account
credit or check this week as part of a partial settlement in a
price-fixing lawsuit with publishers, according to Attorney
General J.B. Van Hollen’s office.
The lawsuit was brought by the Wisconsin Department of Justice
and the offices of attorneys general in 32 other states.
The antitrust case was filed against Apple, Inc. and five E-book
publishers including Hachette Book Group, Inc., HarperCollins
Publishers, LLC, Simon & Schuster, Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC,
and Penguin Group (USA) Inc. The settlement was for nationwide
payment of $166 million and Wisconsinites are expected to be
credited about $3 million, according to the Wisconsin Better
“An account credit or check will be based on the number of
eligible E-books purchased by a consumer during the claims
period (April 1, 2010 to May 21, 2012). Whether a consumer
receives a credit or check depends on the retailer through which
the E-book was purchased and, in certain circumstances, whether
a claim was properly filed or on whether a consumer specifically
requested a check,” said Van Hollen said in a statement Tuesday.
Eligible consumers should review their e-mail for communications
from their E-book retailer, or from the Settlement
Administrator, about account credits or checks.