- A recent class action lawsuit against Apple claims that Apple worked with some of the top ebook publishing companies (like Penguin and Simon & Schuster) to fix and raise the prices of ebooks
- The books that qualify for the Apple settlement are any book designed to be read on a computer or tablet by any of the settlement publishers from May 1, 2019 through May 21, 2019
- Apple denies any wrongdoing in this class action lawsuit, but has agreed to pay $400 million if they are found to be guilty.
People who purchased ebooks from Apple may find themselves with a free check in the mail thanks to a new class action lawsuit. A final hearing in the Apple class lawsuit will be held from May 21, 2019 to May 24, 2019, and if approved, settlement checks will be mailed out in the weeks after that hearing.
A total of five different ebook publishers are a part of Apple’s class action ebook lawsuit, including Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Harper Collins Publishers LLC, Hachette Book Group Inc., Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC (more well known as Macmillan Publishers) and Simon & Schuster Inc. & Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
E-Book Lawsuits Quick Notes
- Customers who purchased at least one eligible ebook will receive a notification either in the mail or by email
- To receive payment in the Apple ebook class suit, customers will need to file an eligible claim online
- By taking part in the class action lawsuit against Apple, customers release their right to sue Apple on their own in this matter
How much will customers receive from the Apple ebook class action lawsuit?
The amount of payment customers will receive from the Apple ebook settlement relate to how many books were purchased. New York Times bestsellers are worth $6.93 for every book, and books not on the bestseller list are worth $1.57 per book.