LITTLE ROCK — Some Arkansans who have bought electronic books will begin receiving payments this week as part of a settlement with five of the nation’s largest e-book publishers, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday.
About $1.1 million will be distributed to Arkansans consumers in direct payments or account credits as part of a $166 million nationwide settlement to resolve a lawsuit filed by attorney generals of 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, McDaniel said in a news release.
Consumers will receive payments based on the number of e-books they bought from certain publishers between April 1, 2010, and May 21, 2012.
The lawsuit accused Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Simon & Schuster, Holtzbrinck Publishers doing business as Macmillan, Penguin Group USA and Apple of conspiring to fix the prices of e-books in violation of antitrust laws. All but Apple chose to settle.
In federal court in New York last year, Apple was found to have played a role in price fixing. A hearing to determine the damages it must pay to consumers is pending.