CONNECTICUT IN PACT WITH MACMILLAN OVER EBOOK PRICE-FIXING

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of Connecticut Attorney General George
Jepsen and received via electronic mail. The release was
confirmed by the sender.) 
February 14, 2013 
Attorney General Jepsen Reaches Agreement with Macmillan
over eBook Price-Fixing Allegations; Prior Settlements Approved 
Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that Holtzbrinck
Publishers, LLC, d/b/a Macmillan, has signed a preliminary
memorandum of understanding for settlement of claims asserted by
Connecticut and 32 other states and territories (the “Litigating
States”) in a lawsuit alleging price-fixing and collusion in the
market for electronic books, or eBooks. 
“Consumers are entitled to a fair and open marketplace,” said
Attorney General Jepsen. “This agreement is another step toward
providing restitution to those consumers who were harmed by
alleged price-fixing within the eBook market and will further
ensure that, going forward, consumers benefit from fair
competition in the sale of eBooks.” 
The agreement with Macmillan will, if finalized and approved by
the court, provide significant consumer restitution as well as
injunctive relief. This agreement grants eBook outlets greater
freedom to reduce the prices of eBook titles and provides $12
million to compensate affected customers in the 33 states. 
In addition, Judge Denise L. Cote of the U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of New York has granted final approval of
previous settlements with eBook publishers Hachette Book Group
Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC and Simon & Schuster Inc.
relating to the same conduct. These previous settlements were
joined by the attorneys general of 49 states, U.S. territories
and the District of Columbia. Final approval paves the way for
the affected consumers to receive $69 million in consumer
restitution. 
The litigation and settlements stem from a two year
investigation conducted by the Offices of the Connecticut and
Texas Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice. 
The Litigating States continue to litigate against Apple Inc.
and Penguin Group (USA. The trial against Penguin and Apple
currently is scheduled to begin in June 2013. 
For consumer information on the now-approved settlements with
Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, please visit
www.ebooksettlements.com or call the eBooks settlement hotline
at 1-866-621-4153. 
Assistant Attorneys General Joseph Nielsen, Gary Becker and
Richard Porter, Paralegal Holly MacDonald and Assistant Attorney
General Michael Cole, chief of the Antitrust and Government
Program Fraud Department, are assisting the Attorney General in
this matter. 
Attorney General Jepsen serves as co-chair of the Antitrust
Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General. 
Media Contact:
Jaclyn M. Falkowski
jaclyn.falkowski@ct.gov
860-808-5324 (office)
860-655-3903 (cell) 
Consumer Inquiries:
860-808-5318
attorney.general@ct.gov
Facebook: Attorney General George Jepsen
Twitter: @AGJepsen 
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