Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, along with 54 Attorneys General in other states, districts and U.S. territories, have reached an antitrust settlement with three of the largest book publishers in the United States. Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C. and Simon & Schuster Inc. which has resulted in more than $69 million being returned to consumers to resolve antitrust claims of an alleged unlawful conspiracy to fix the prices of electronic books (E-books).
You are an Eligible Consumer and could qualify for money from the Settlements if:
1. You purchased an E-book that was published by Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, or Macmillan (as well as all other names under which these publishers also publish E-books), and
2. The purchase was made from April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012, and 3. You were a resident of 1) a state other than Minnesota, 2) the District of Columbia, or 3) one of the five U.S. Territories and Commonwealths at the time of purchase. US Territories include: Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. (Your residency for these Settlements is determined by the billing address on the credit card you used for your purchases.)
Certain people or entities are not included in the Settlements, as follows:
1. Residents of Minnesota are not eligible to recover anything under the Settlements because the Minnesota Attorney General chose not to participate.
2. Residents of countries other than the United States and its territories and commonwealths are not included in the Settlements.
3. Only individuals are included. Business, governments, libraries, non-profits, and other entities are not included.
4. Rental E-books, free E-books, and E-books received as gifts are not included. (Only purchasers are included in the Settlements. If you received an E-book as a gift, you are not included. The person who purchased it for you may be included.)