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Amazon Kindle eBook Users To Get Refunds After Settlement 90

Posted by samzenpus
from the have-some-cash dept.
hypnosec writes "Amazon, in an email to Kindle owners, has a revealed that following the settlement in the eBook price fixing lawsuit customers will be entitled to refunds between 30 cents and $1.32 on each book purchased. If the $69 million settlement is approved, the funds will be provided as credits to customers directly in their accounts. Users may request checks for the amount of credit that has been applied to their accounts. 'If the Court approves the settlements, the account credit will appear automatically and can be used to purchase Kindle books or print books,' wrote Amazon in the email."
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Amazon Kindle eBook Users To Get Refunds After Settlement

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14, 2012 @03:00PM (#41651411)

    According to the email I received from Amazon, they will send a check if you request one:

      "You also have the option to receive a check instead of your credit. You can request a check by calling 1-866-621-4153, or going to the Settlement website listed below, and clicking on the Check Request Option link. Be sure to reference the Settlement ID number found at the bottom of this email. The Settlement website is:
    http://www.EBookAGSettlements.com"

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14, 2012 @03:00PM (#41651417)

    Really? From TFS:

    Users may request checks for the amount of credit that has been applied to their accounts.

  • Re:What a Joke (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ksevio (865461) on Sunday October 14, 2012 @03:06PM (#41651439) Homepage
    In this case, Amazon wasn't the one price fixing e-books, it was the publishers. The money is just being returned via amazon who went with the account credit method. It saves a lot of processing fees, and most people who buy books on Amazon are going to buy other stuff on Amazon anyways. It isn't like Sony giving out $1.00 to be spent on more Sony CDs because of something Sony did. Amazon wanted lower prices just as much as the people buying the books.
  • Re:What a Joke (Score:5, Informative)

    by Kalriath (849904) on Sunday October 14, 2012 @03:08PM (#41651447)

    Perhaps read the story? Amazon isn't the defendant in the case, and Amazon isn't actually giving out any money. They're simply disbursing funds on behalf of the real defendants, Harper Collins, Hachette, and Simon and Schuster.

    The real story though, is that they've finally destroyed the Agency Model that Apple introduced to force Amazon to charge whatever the publishers decided they wanted to charge, which means Amazon will finally be able to reduce the price of eBooks to historic levels.

  • by welshsocialist (542986) <hoshie@mailinator.com> on Sunday October 14, 2012 @05:13PM (#41652315) Homepage

    It appears that Apple is also involved with this settlement. Here's the email I just got:

    Benefits from an Attorney General E-books Settlement Fund

    Para una notificación en Español, llamar o visitar nuestro website.

    [Settlement ID Number]

    Records indicate that you are eligible for a payment from Settlements reached by the State Attorneys General with electronic book publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. The Settlements resolve an antitrust lawsuit about the price of electronic books. Apple Inc. (“Apple”) has not been sued in this case. It is assisting in providing this notice as a service to its customers.

    What the Settlements Provide

    The Settlements create a $69 million fund for payments to consumers who purchased qualifying electronic books from April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012. If the Court approves the Settlements, eligible consumers like you will receive credits to your iTunes account. The credit can be used on any purchases of electronic books. The amount of your payment has been determined based on the qualifying electronic book purchases identified by Apple in your iTunes account.

    How to Receive your Benefit

    Because you are pre-qualified, you do not need to do anything at this time to receive your credit. If the Court approves the Settlements, you will receive another email letting you know how to activate your credit. Once you activate the credit, it will be applied to your account by Apple. (If you bought electronic books from more than one retailer, you may receive notices with different instructions about whether you will receive a credit or need to file a Claim Form for that retailer. You will have a separate claim for each retailer and you should follow the specific instructions from each one.)

    You also have the option to receive a check instead of your credit. You can request a check by calling 1-866-621-4153, or going to the Settlement website listed below, and clicking on the Check Request Option link. Be sure to reference the Settlement ID number found at the top of this email. The Settlement website is:

    www.EBookAGSettlements.com

    Your Other Rights

    You can choose to exclude yourself from the Settlements and keep your right to sue on your own. If you exclude yourself, you can't receive any benefits from the Settlements. If you don't exclude yourself, you can submit objections about the Settlements.

    Your written Exclusion Form or objections must be postmarked by December 12, 2012. Please visit the Settlement website for detailed information on how to submit a valid Exclusion Form or objection.

    A separate lawsuit against two other publishers and Apple continues and is set for a trial in 2013. Apple denies the allegations in that lawsuit. Your rights in the separate suit are not affected by any action you take in regards to these Settlements.

    The Court will hold a hearing on February 8, 2013 at 10 a.m. to consider whether to approve the Settlements. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing.

    For more detailed information:
    Call 1-866-621-4153 or Visit www.EBookAGSettlements.com

  • by Ferzerp (83619) on Monday October 15, 2012 @10:01AM (#41657953)

    You're completely off base. These were refunds levied against the publishers. Amazon has nothing to do with the suit. They are just the medium of refund for kindle owners.

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