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West Virginians Owed $700,000 In E-Book Settlement

Reported: Mar. 27, 2014 4:54 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 27, 2014 6:45 PM EDT
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Chances are if you've purchased an electronic book from Amazon in the past, you're owed a credit as part of a national settlement.

Readers who bought an e-book between 2010 and 2012 received an email on Tuesday notifying them about a credit. A total of $687,193 is owed to West Virginians out of the $166 million nationwide payout.

Attorneys general from 33 states joined the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against Apple, Inc. and five of the largest e-book publishers. The publishers -- Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publisher's LLC, Simon & Schuster Inc., Penguin Group Inc., and Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC, d/b/a Macmillan are accused of conspiring to fix the price of e-books.

Consumers are due a refund of $3.17 for each New York Times bestseller e-book purchased, and $0.73 for all other books.

Patrick Morrisey, attorney general of the state of West Virginia, said the lawsuit was less about the money and more about the principle.

"These pennies add up," Morrisey said. "It may be a dollar here, a dollar there but ultimately $700,000 is real money for West Virginians. And we also want to make sure we send a message for the future."

Individual settlements can be distributed in the form of an account credit, check or coupons.



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