Attorney General Jepsen to eBook Purchasers:
Settlement Credit Notification Process has Begun
Attorney General George Jepsen today advised Connecticut residents who may have purchased certain eBooks that the notice process is underway in a $69 million national settlement with publishers announced earlier this year. Approximately $1.3 million of the settlement will be allotted to Connecticut consumers, if the settlement is approved by the court.
“This settlement helps consumers who were overcharged get back some money for their past purchases,” said Attorney General Jepsen, “and to ensure competitive eBook prices in possible future purchases.”
Over the past few days, consumers affected by the settlement should have received emails from the retailers where they purchased their eBooks.
Consumers who purchased eBooks through Apple or Sony will have received emails showing the sender as “State Attorneys General E-book Settlement,” with the email address Administrator@vertismail.com
. These are legitimate emails authorized by the Attorney General.
Additional information about the settlement and the credits can be found at www.EBookAGSettlements.com
or by calling toll-free 866-621-4153 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday.
Consumers who bought one or more qualifying eBook from April 1, 2010, through May 21, 2012, and who follow the instructions in their notices will receive a credit into their eBook retailer account or a check. Distribution of checks and/or credits varies among eBook retailers. There will now be two levels of payments, one for eligible New York Times bestsellers and a second for other eligible books. The exact amount to be paid per eBook in both categories is not yet finalized.
In the September settlement, Hachette Book Group (USA), HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C., and Simon & Schuster Inc. agreed to pay a total of more than $69 million to consumers to resolve antitrust claims of an alleged unlawful conspiracy to fix the prices of electronic books. The publishers have also agreed to change the way they price eBooks going forward.
Litigation continues against Apple, Inc., Holtzbrinck Publishers L.L.C. d/b/a MacMillian and Penguin Group (U.S.A.), Inc. A trial is currently scheduled for June 2013.
Assistant Attorneys General Joseph Nielsen, Gary Becker and Kirsten Rigney, Paralegal Holly MacDonald and Assistant Attorney General Michael Cole, chief of the Antitrust and Fraud Department, are assisting the Attorney General in this matter.
Attorney General Jepsen serves as co-chair of the Antitrust Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General.
Jaclyn M. Falkowski