DENVER — Coloradans will receive $3.7 million as part of a multistate settlement in an e-book antitrust lawsuit, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday.
Thirty-three states brought the lawsuit against Apple and five large publishing companies: Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Simon & Schuster, Holtzbrinck Publishers and Penguin Group (USA).
The total settlement for all states is $166 million, though Apple went to trial in the summer.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a permanent injunction against Apple, which had to modify its agreements with the five publishers, provide a court-appointed external monitor and was barred from future anticompetitive behavior, the Attorney General’s Office said. Apple’s damages will be determined later this year.
“We’re pleased that we can begin returning money to Colorado consumers this week,” Colorado Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection Jan Zavislan said in a statement. “This settlement resolves our lawsuit against the five publishers for colluding to overcharge consumers millions of dollars for some of the most popular e-books.”
Those who are entitled to the settlement will receive an email. For more information, go to ebookagsettlements.com.