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Idahoans to Begin Receiving $2.1 Million in E-Book Credits


  • State of Idaho

The Idaho Attorney General announced Monday that Gem State consumers who purchased e-books should start seeing credits this week, more than four years after Idaho joined 32 other states in suing Apple, one of the nation's top e-book sellers.

In 2013, a federal judge ruled Apple was a "ringmaster" in a conspiracy with five major publishers to raise the average price of e-books. Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and the Hachette Book Group settled the day the case was filed; Penguin and Macmillan settled months later. In Nov. 2014, a federal judge approved a settlement in which Apple would pay as much as $400 million to as many as 23 million consumers.

It has taken nearly a year-and-a-half for the U.S. Supreme Court to deny a review of the lower court decision that found Apple in violation of antitrust laws. 

“It’s great news that Idaho consumers are finally getting some compensation from this case,” Attorney General Wasden said in Monday's announcement. “Idaho consumers spend significant amounts of money on e-books, and when those costs are inflated by anti-competitive practices, it’s my duty to protect consumers and make sure they are compensated for this unlawful activity.”

Wasden estimated that, in total, Idaho consumers might receive about $2.1 million in compensation. The amount of credit received will be based on the number of e-books purchased between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012. For example, for each New York Times bestseller, consumers will receive $6.93. For all other e-books, the payment will be $1.57. Payments are scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 21.