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Utah consumers get notices about e-book settlement

Published October 17, 2012 8:31 pm

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Officials say they're sending out notices to Utahns who might have overpaid for e-books and are eligible for a share of a nationwide settlement.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says the state is getting $630,000 of the $69 million settlement with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Shuster.

Officials say the money will be paid to consumers who bought electronic books from the publishers from April 1, 2010, to May 21. Consumers who bought from Sony, Google or some minor distributors may need to return their claim forms by Dec. 12.

Prosecutors say several publishers conspired to increase e-book prices for all consumers and to eliminate e-book price competition.

Hachette denied it was in a conspiracy but said it changed its pricing structure.