Jepsen: Approximately $1.3 million in E-Book Refunds on the Way to Connecticut Consumers

by Lon Seidman | Oct 16, 2012 12:33pm
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Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that a settlement with electronic book publishers will provide some Connecticut consumers with refunds for e-books purchased on tablet computers and other reading devices.

The $69 million settlement was reached with e-book publishers Hachette Book Group, HaperCollins Publishers, and Simon and Schuster. An antitrust lawsuit was filed by Attorneys General in 49 states as well as Washington DC and 5 US territories alleging the publishers (along with the Penguin Group and Macmillan) conspired to fix prices of electronic books. The settling publishers deny wrongdoing, and the litigation is continuing against Penguin, Macmillan, and Apple Inc.

Connecticut consumers who purchased e-books from Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon and Schuster between April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012 are eligible. An email from administrator@vertismail.com will be sent to consumers notifying them of their eligibility for a share of the settlement money.  Some e-book sellers, like Apple, Sony, and Barnes and Noble will require customers to activate their credits after receiving a notification. Amazon.com will provide credits automatically. Those credits will come in the form of store credit, but checks can also be requested.

The settlement’s website says that the exact refunds have not yet been determined but will be approximately $1.32 per book for New York Times bestsellers, and 30 cents per book for others.

‚ÄúThis settlement helps consumers who were overcharged get back some money for their past purchases and to ensure competitive eBook prices in possible future purchases,” Jepsen said in a press release.


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posted by: Linda12 | October 21, 2012  8:08am

Dear George,

Thank you for the 99cent rebate on my ebook.
If you have time can you look into the special deal with Kennedy where he got a shiny new SUV for close to $40,000 and many other perks. Can you also check into the expense accounts for our two K-12 eduexperts, Pryor and Adamowski. Do they also have lavish expense accounts, SUV’s, the option to “work” remotely, etc?

You have bigger fish to fry right under your nose. Can you please try to recoup our wasted tax dollars. Dannel is giving it way faster than I can earn it.

Thanks again for my 99 cent refund.