Refunds from E-book settlement coming to Idaho

Boise - The Idaho StatesmanMarch 25, 2014 

Idahoans who purchased E-books will be reimbursed a total of $800,000 thanks to a national price-fixing lawsuit.

Idahoans could start receiving credits or checks in the mail this week.

Consumers who bought E-books from any of the five publishers in the lawsuit between April 1, 2010 to May 21, 2012 are eligible for refunds.

The settlement, which totals $166 million, was announced by the Idaho Attorney General's Office, which joined other states in the national suit filed against the five of the six biggest E-book online publishers in the nation: Hachette Book Group Inc. HarperCollins Publichers LLC, Simon & Schuster, Holtzbrinck Publicshers LLc and Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Apple Inc was also sued but decided to fight independently. A U.S. District Judge ruled in 2013 that Apple played a central role in planning and executing a price fixing conspiracy in an effort to eliminate competition and raise E-book prices.

A second trial to determine the amount of damages Apple should pay is scheduled for later this year.

Click here for a full story on the national lawsuit.

For more information about the settlement and about collecting rebates, go to



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