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Case Summary

United States District for the South District of New York

If You Bought an E-book You Could Get a Payment from

a Settlement with Apple

 

 

• A Settlement (“Apple Settlement”) has been reached with Apple Inc. (“Apple”) in two antitrust lawsuits filed by State Attorneys General in 33 jurisdictions and by private attorneys on behalf of individual consumers in 23 other jurisdictions (“Class Plaintiffs”) about the price of electronic books (“E-books”).

 

• A 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 five publishers (“Settling Publishers”) previously settled these claims resulting in payments to consumers (“Prior Settlements”).

 

• 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 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court’s decision.

 

• If you purchased one or more E-books from April 1, 2010 through May 21,2012 that were published by any of the Settling Publishers, you may receive payment from the Apple Settlement. (See FAQ Question 5.)

 

• Your legal rights are affected whether you act or don’t act.  Read the Detailed Notice carefully.

 

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Your Legal Rights and Options In This Settlement

Do Nothing Unless Your Contact Information Changes

If you received a credit or check from the Prior Settlements, you do not need to do anything to get payment in the Apple Settlement, unless you change your contact information. (See FAQ Question 17.) You will automatically receive a payment.

File a Claim

The deadline to file a Claim Form has passed. (See FAQ Questions 14 and 15.)

Object

The deadline to object has passed. (See FAQ Question 21.)

Go To The Hearing

The hearing on the final approval of the Setlement has passed. (See FAQ Question 23.)

Exclude Yourself

The deadline to exclude yourself from the Apple Settlement has passed. (See FAQ Question 18.)

   

• These rights and options – and the deadlines to exercise them – were explained in the Detailed Notice on the Important Documents page.

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