Give Now

Delays, Closings and Severe Weather - View All Alerts and Updates

Hoosiers Get $6.5 Million For Apple E-Book Price-Fixing

The settlement will reimburse some consumers for their loses.

Indiana and 32 other states have reached a settlement with Apple on behalf of customers who were overcharged for their E-books.

The amount customers will receive is dependent on an appeal of a 2013 ruling that Apple violated antitrust laws by leading a two-year price-fixing conspiracy with other major publishers to artificially raise E-book prices.

About $400 million will go back to the buyers nationwide. For Indiana, the Indiana Attorney General’s office says 350,000 Hoosiers will receive up to $6.5 million of that money.

Abby Kuzma, Indiana Attorney General Consumer Protection Director, says it could be awhile before people receive the refund.

“I think we’re expecting several months, but I don’t think we are expecting years,” she says.

The settlement still needs final approval by a U.S. District Court in New York before the money can be distributed, which could take several months.

E-book purchasers nationwide have already received compensation from a settlement paid by the five other publishers involved.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

Want to contact your legislators about an issue that matters to you? Find out how to contact your senators and member of Congress here.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From