NY A.G. ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION OF $166M IN E-BOOK SETTLEMENTS

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman
of New York and received via electronic mail. The release was
confirmed by the sender.) 
A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION OF E-BOOK SETTLEMENTS TOTALING $166 
MILLION 
"Multi-State Settlement Expected To Result In Over $11 Million In Distributions 
To Injured New York Consumers" 
"Schneiderman: My Office Will Continue To Ensure That New Yorkers Hurt By 
Illegal Anticompetitive Conduct Receive Compensation" 
NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that consumers 
of electronic books (E-books) will be receiving compensation this week pursuant 
to settlements entered into by the New York Attorney General and the Attorneys 
General of numerous other states with five of the six largest publishers of 
electronic books. The settlements arose out of an investigation and subsequent 
lawsuit brought by New York and 32 other states against publishers Hachette 
Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster Inc., 
Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, d/b/a Macmillan, and Penguin Group (USA) Inc., as 
well as Apple, Inc., alleging anticompetitive activity in the E-book industry. 
After the publishers settled, a trial was held earlier this year with respect 
to the claims against Apple. A court found that the publishers and Apple had 
engaged in an illegal conspiracy that restricted price competition and raised 
the retail prices of E-books. 
“Illegal actions by these publishers forced consumers in New York and across 
the nation to pay artificially inflated prices for E-books,” said *Attorney 
General Schneiderman.* “Companies engaging in such anticompetitive conduct will 
be punished—and starting today, those injured by their actions will start to 
receive full and fair compensation.” 
The settlements with the five publishers totaled $166 million nationwide. 
Approximately $11.5 million is expected to be distributed to E-book purchasers 
residing in New York. The settlements were approved by the U.S. District Court 
for the Southern District of New York on December 6, 2013. Two of the 
settlements were negotiated together with private counsel representing 
consumers in states whose attorneys general had not joined the litigation. 
Pursuant to the settlements, New Yorkers who purchased E-books from Amazon, 
Barnes & Noble, Kobo or Apple will automatically receive a credit on their 
E-book accounts. Purchasers of E-books from Sony will automatically receive 
refund checks in the mail. Consumers who purchased E-books from other 
retailers, and who filed a timely claim form with the Settlement Administrator, 
will receive refund checks in the mail. The amount of the account credits or 
money to be received by New Yorkers will be based upon the number of eligible 
E-books purchased during the claims period (April 1, 2010 to May 21, 2012). For 
more information on the settlements, visit www.ebookagsettlements.com. 
The case against Apple Inc. continues. In June 2013, following a three-week 
bench trial in the liability phase of the case, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote 
found Apple guilty of facilitating and executing a conspiracy to eliminate 
retail price competition in order to raise the retail prices of E-books, in 
violation of federal and state antitrust laws. A second trial, to decide the 
amount of damages Apple must pay for this violation, is expected to take place 
later this year. New York, along with Texas, Connecticut, and other states, is 
expected to take a leading role at the trial. 
This matter is being handled for New York by Assistant Attorneys General Robert 
L. Hubbard and Linda J. Gargiulo, Antitrust Bureau Chief Eric Stock, Antitrust 
Acting Deputy Chief Geralyn J. Trujillo and Executive Deputy Attorney General 
Karla G. Sanchez. 
(rml) NY
 
 
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