On Wednesday, Amazon sent out another installment of payments relating to its “Apple eBooks Antitrust Settlement”—except this time, it was to settle related lawsuits brought by a group of state-level attorneys general.
In 2014, Amazon paid out based on settlements with book publishers—including Harper Collins and Simon & Schuster—which allegedly conspired with Apple to fix e-book prices in 2012.
As Ars reported previously, the case began way back in 2012, when Apple and five publishers (Penguin, HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan) were sued by the Department of Justice and 33 states’ attorney general offices for conspiring to offer e-books at a higher price than Amazon’s loss-leading $9.99. The publishers all eventually settled for a total of $166 million to states and consumers, but Apple held out and eventually lost a judgement in Manhattan district court.
In 2016, the Supreme Court declined to hear Apple’s appeal, which meant the $450 million settlement stood.
Other Ars staffers received e-mails saying that they were eligible for small amounts: $5.72 (Eric Bangeman), $1.14 (Timothy Lee), and a “whopping $0.76” (Jason Marlin). As of press time, none of them had handed in his two-weeks’ notice.
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