E-books Antitrust Litigation
The court approved a re-distribution of remaining funds from the Apple Settlement on September 7, 2017 to customers that used their credit or cashed their check from the first Apple distribution that concluded in June of 2017.
Hagens Berman filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit claiming that Apple Inc. and five of the nation’s top publishers, including HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group Inc. and Simon & Schuster Inc. illegally fix prices of electronic books, also known as e-books.
Final settlements have been reached with all of the defendants. Hagens Berman, working with the State Attorneys General in 33 jurisdictions, reached a settlement with Apple to provide $400 million in compensation to consumers for overpayment on e-books. When combined with prior settlements with the publisher defendants, consumers will receive more than $560 million – more than twice the amount of losses suffered by consumers.
A trial in the Attorney General lawsuit against Apple was held in June 2013. The U.S. District Court decided Apple violated antitrust laws. The Court has found that there was a conspiracy among five top U.S. publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster) and Apple to fix and raise the retail prices of e-books. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court’s decision.
If you purchased one or more e-books from Apr. 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012 that were published by any of the Settling Publishers, you may have received payment from the Apple Settlement.
The Second Circuit dismissed the appeals of objectors in this litigation, and the Supreme Court denied Apple’s request for review of the Second Circuit’s affirmance of its liability finding against Apple.
For more information regarding the distribution of money to consumers, please see the official website of the claims administrator, found here: https://ebooklawsuits.com/.
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