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Wisconsin is part of national E-book settlement

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MADISON (WKOW) -- E-book readers in Wisconsin could get some money back as part of a national settlement of a price-fixing lawsuit.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Attorneys General in 32 other states filed a lawsuit against Apple, Inc. and five of the six largest E-book publishers in the country -- Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster Inc., Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, d/b/a Macmillan, and Penguin Group (USA) Inc. The publishers settled the claims for a total payment of $166 million.

Wisconsin's share will be about $3 million.

Anyone who bought an E-book from April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012 may get a credit to their accounts or a check. Whether a consumer receives a credit or check depends on the retailer through which the E-book was purchased and, in certain circumstances, on whether a claim was properly filed or on whether a consumer specifically requested a check. For more information on the settlements, you can visit www.ebookagsettlements.com.

Apple declined to settle the claims against it. Following a trial in June of 2013, a U.S. District judge determined Apple did play a role in the price-fixing case. A second trial to determine the amount of damages Apple must pay for that violation has been tentatively scheduled for May. If successful, the Wisconsin Department of Justice says additional account credits or checks will be distributed to people in Wisconsin in the future.

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