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October 15, 2012

Attorney General Koster announces notification to consumers of $69 million settlement over E-book price fixing allegations

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that consumers who purchased certain E-books will begin receiving notice through email and mail if they are eligible to participate in settlements that the Attorney General announced recently.

Missouri consumers who bought E-books are included in the settlements if: (1) they purchased E-books published by Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, or Macmillan (or certain other names under which these publishers also publish E-books); (2) they made their purchases between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012; and (3) they were Missouri residents at the time of purchase.

Customers of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Kobo will receive an email from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, or Kobo notifying them of their inclusion in the settlements and of their options to automatically receive an account credit or to request reimbursement by check. After the Court approves the settlements, consumers will then receive an automatic credit, a check or a second email explaining how to activate their account credit. Customers of Google, Sony, and any other retailer will receive an email directing them to file a claim at the official settlement website to receive a check upon approval of the settlements. There will be two levels of payments, based on categories of books. The exact amount to be paid per E-book in both categories is not yet finalized, but will be no less than $.30.

A full list of the publishers and imprints is available at www.EBookAGSettlements.com.

Anyone who thinks he or she may be included but has not received notice should visit www.EBookAGSettlements.com or call 1-866-621-4153 to learn more about the Settlements and decide whether to file a Claim Form. Claim Forms must be filed online or postmarked by December 12, 2012.

In April, Koster and 15 other attorneys general filed a lawsuit alleging that Hachette Book Group, Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster Inc., Penguin Group, Inc. and Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC d/b/a/ Macmillan conspired with each other and with Apple, Inc. to artificially raise prices by fixing the prices for bestsellers at $12.99 and $14.99. That lawsuit against Apple and the non-settling publishers, Penguin Group, Inc. and Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC d/b/a Macmillan, is still pending in the Southern District of New York. Trial is set for early June 2013.



 
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