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Consumer Deadline -- and A Pot of Leftover Money -- Looms At Expiration of Apple Settlement Credits

The big Apple-funded pool of up to $400 million in consumer credits as a result of the ebook settlement agreement with the consumer class and state attorneys general began distribution about a year ago -- which means that any unused or unclaimed credits will expire at the end of the…

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Legal: European Court Disallows Lower Tax for eBooks, Harper Responds In Canada

Responding to a query brought by the Polish Constitutional Court, the European Court of Justice has ruled that member states may not apply a lower value added tax to downloadable ebooks or other publications -- even though lower taxes are allowed for books and other publications that are printed (and in turn,…

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Amazon Agrees to Break eBook Contractual Strangleholds In Europe

On Tuesday the European Commission announced proposed settlement "commitments" from Amazon to give up a variety of restrictive "parity clauses" in their ebook contracts with publishers across Europe, following  a "preliminary assessment" reached on December 9, 2016 concluding "the clauses may breach EU antitrust rules and result in reduced competition…

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Canada Reaches eBook Settlement with Apple and Three Publishers, Pursues HarperCollins

Canada's Competition Bureau reached modest new consent agreements with Apple and three major publishers -- Hachette, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster -- related to the introduction of agency ebook pricing there. HarperCollins declined to settle, and the Commissioner of Competition is seeking harsher restrictions on the company's ebook pricing as…

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Customers Will Finally Start Collecting On $400 Million in Consumer eBook Credits This Week

As we reported earlier this month, consumers who are eligible to receive part of the $400 million in compensation as part of Apple's ebook antitrust settlement with the state attorneys general and the consumer class will be disbursed beginning on Tuesday. Consumers who have accounts at the major book retailers,…

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$400 Million In Consumer eBook Settlement Credits Should Flow Later In June

After the Supreme Court declined to hear Apple's appeal of the 2013 ebook antitrust ruling in March, the big question has been when the $400 million in compensation to consumers (plus $50 million in attorney fees) as stipulated in the previous settlement with the state attorneys general and the consumer class would be disbursed. Because…

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Briefs: Schumer's 'Lower Back Tattoo' Publishes August 16; Zola Books Gets More Funding; and More

Amy Schumer's book will be published by Gallery on August 16 -- and it has retained the proposal name, THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO. Funding Zola Books closed another round of funding last week. The new round adds something under $3.4 million since the company's last announced funding in 2013.…

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Game Over: Supreme Court Denies Apple's Request for Appeal

This morning the Supreme Court released results from their Friday Conference, indicating that they denied Apple's request to have their appeal of the ebook antitrust case heard. The Court's denial of cert. brings the lawsuit to an end, and also means Apple's monetary settlement with the state attorneys general and the consumer class…

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Supreme Court Will Consider Apple's Case on March 4

Apple did not have to wait long for a new Supreme Court conference date. Originally scheduled for the court's February 19 conference, which was cancelled after Justice Scalia's death, and then briefly in limbo, Apple's request to have their appeal heard will now be taken up at the court's next conference session on…

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Apple Must Wait for Supreme Court Hearing

The Supreme Court's consideration of Apple's petition to have the high court hear an appeal of the verdict against them in the ebook pricing antitrust case is currently in limbo. As we reported previously, the Supreme Court Conference for which the case was originally scheduled, on Friday, February 19, was…

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