Supreme Court Denies Apple’s Request to Review E-books Price-Fixing Case [UPH Wire]

Supreme Court Denies Apple’s Request to Review E-books Price-Fixing Case Apple to pay millions for its role in scheme to inflate E-book prices

SALT LAKE CITY March 7, 2016 – Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes today
announced that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied Apple Inc.’s request for
the Court to review a lower court decision. The result clears the way for
the distribution of $400 million to U.S. consumers who paid
artificially-inflated prices for e-books. The lower court held Apple liable
for conspiring with five major publishers to raise the prices of electronic
books.
“While these are well-respected companies that do a lot of good for our
communities, even good companies make mistakes,” said Utah Attorney General
Sean D. Reyes. “When companies engage in conduct that crosses the line, it
is our job to make sure they are held accountable and to ensure that
consumers are compensated for their losses. The anti-trust team from our
office deserves to be acknowledged for their persistent efforts throughout
this case.”
Utah joined a group of 33 states led by Texas and Connecticut in
investigating and prosecuting the antitrust case against Apple and its
co-conspirators. In July 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of New York ruled that Apple conspired to raise prices with:
Penguin Group (USA), Inc. (now Penguin Random House); Holtzbrinck
Publishers LLC d/b/a Macmillan; Hachette Book Group Inc.; HarperCollins
Publishers LLC; and Simon & Schuster Inc.
The case was tried jointly, between the 33-state coalition and the U.S.
Department of Justice. The district court’s ruling was affirmed by the
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in June 2015. With
the Supreme Court declining to review that decision, Apple has no further
opportunity to contest its liability.
All five of the publishers settled prior to trial, and paid a total of
approximately $166 million in nationwide consumer compensation. The states’
settlement with Apple was contingent on the outcome of Apple’s appeal of
the ruling, meaning Apple must now pay the maximum contemplated amounts. In
addition to the $400 million to be distributed to consumers – including
those represented by private counsel in a related class action – Apple will
pay $20 million to the states in reimbursement for fees and costs and to
resolve claims for civil penalties.
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Daniel Burton
Public Information Officer
Office of the Utah Attorney General
Mobile: 801-386-6830

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