Wisconsin residents to receive part of E-book settlement

Special to The Freeman

March 25, 2014

MILWAUKEE – 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 Business Bureau.

“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.