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DOJ Sues Apple and Publishers for Collusion
Posted 19 September 2012 - 07:21 AM
This article is a little short on detail and has at least one inaccuracy (the settlement that some of the publishers accepted in the US is not the same as dumping the agency model) but still worth a read if this topic is of interest to you. I'm still hoping the DOJ forces them to dump the agency model completely and go back to a wholesale model so my e-book prices return to pre-iPad levels!
Posted 19 September 2012 - 07:34 AM
Another may be that it benefits B&N. I'm pretty sure they preferred the agency model, since they're still the largest brick and mortar bookseller in the US. They operate about 700 B&N retail stores and 600 college bookstores.
This article is a little short on detail and has at least one inaccuracy
Posted 29 March 2014 - 01:35 PM
Old topic, but update-worthy (IMHO).
I got my settlement check today from the E-Books AG Settlements Administrator (https://ebooksagsett...m/Home.aspx). $58.75. I thought I'd get less than $10 for the two-year period so I was quite happy when I opened the letter.
If You Bought an E-book during the Claim Period
You Could Get a Payment from a $166 Million Settlement Fund
- Settlements have been reached with publishers Hachette, HarperCollns, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in antitrust lawsuits filed by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of electronic books (“E-books”).
- The lawsuits claim there was a conspiracy involving five of the nation’s top publishers and Apple Inc. (“Apple”) to fix and raise retail prices of E-books. All five of these publishers have agreed to settle the lawsuit. A separate lawsuit with similar claims continues against Apple.
- If you purchased one or more E-books from April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012 that were published by any of the five Publishers (listed in Question 2 of the FAQ's), you may be eligible for a partial refund of the purchase price.
- The Settling Publishers deny they did anything wrong, but have agreed to settle to avoid the cost and risk of a trial.
- Additional information for these Settlements is available in the Detailed Notices on the Important Case Documents page on this Settlement website.
- The Court in charge of these cases approved the last of these Settlements on December 6, 2013.
- The distribution to eligible consumers began on or around March 25, 2014.