Your Rights and Deadlines Under the Price Fixing Settlement
This post is to help ebook buyers understand their rights and deadlines in the price fixing settlement. Minnesotans, this post is not for you. Nor does it apply to those in DC or one of the five Territories or Commonwealths It’s about the ebook price fixing settlement and for some reason, your state or territory is not included. This post is also not for those who live outside the U.S. and its territories.
Who is this post for?
- If you are a resident of the US (but not in MN, DC, or one of the five Territories or Commonwealths). The billing address determines your residency for purposes of this Settlement.
- If you have purchased ebooks between April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012 from Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.
You may be eligible for a payment from Settlements reached by the State Attorneys General with E-book publishers Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.
What will happen?
The Settlements create a $69 million fund for payments to consumers who purchased qualifying E-books from April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012. If the Court approves the Settlements, eligible consumers will receive payments. The amount of your payment has been determined based on the qualifying E-book purchase.
I don’t want cash, but I do want to know how I will receive a credit.
- Amazon will apply the credit directly to your account.
- Kobo, B&N, and Apple will provide credits in the form of an electronic gift certificate sent via email. Once you receive your gift certificate, you can register it at the retailer, for up to one year. The actual certificate will not have an expiration date.
I want CASH
You will need to go to THIS WEBSITE and enter your request for cash. You must fill one out separately for Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. You must do this by December 12, 2012.
What’s this about my Settlement ID number.
If you received a notice by email or postcard, you purchased at least one qualifying E-book and are included in the Settlements. In that email or on that postcard, an ID number was provided. Mine began with SN.
How to Receive your Benefit if you did not buy from Apple, Amazon, B&N, or Kobo.
You will need to file a claim with your name, address, and your Settlement ID Number. You can file a Claim Form either online or by mail. Here is the CLAIM FORM.
- If you purchased from Google or Sony, you do not need to have a list of your purchases. You will need to provide your Settlement ID number (sent to you in an email or postcard), account email address and mailing information.
- For every other retailer, you will be asked to enter the following information for each E-book purchased when filing a claim form online:
- Date of purchase
- Purchase price
- The unique International Standard Book Number also known as the ISBN number. The ISBN number is typically found with the copyright information.
- Billing state *This is the state in the billing address of the users Credit or Bank Card, or the address state of the account on file with Paypal or Google Wallet. i.e. Customer Billing Address, Your Address of billing.”
What’s my deadline?
Claim Forms must be filed online or postmarked by December 12, 2012.
I want to sue those price fixing son of a guns myself!
You can choose to exclude yourself from the Settlements and keep your right to sue on your own. If you exclude yourself, you can’t receive any benefits from the Settlements. Your written Exclusion Form or objections must be postmarked by December 12, 2012.
The Court will hold a hearing on February 8, 2013 at 10 a.m. to consider whether to approve the Settlements. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing.
When are we getting our money?
The notices indicate that if the Court approves the settlement (and she has already given a pre approval) then the credits and payments will be issued in the spring of 2013.
I need help!
Call 1-866-621-4153 or Visit www.EBookAGSettlements.com