Class Action Against Apple: A Proposed Settlement

Class action against Apple  : a proposed settlement

The class action relates to the price of e-books sold in Canada between April 2010 and March 2017 (archives).

$12 million settlement reportedly reached with Apple regarding the price of e-books sold in Canada between April 1, 2010 and March 10, 2017.

Three e-book firms said Monday ;lawyers representing the plaintiffs, stating that the proposed settlement will need to be approved by the courts of Ontario and Quebec to come into effect.

Class actions have been brought in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec against the American giant and five e-book publishers.

The plaintiffs allege that the price of e-books sold in Canada between April 1, 2010 and March 10, 2017 was artificially high due to a conspiracy to fix, maintain, increase or control the price of e-books.

< p class="e-p">A press release issued by Branch MacMaster LLP, Sylvestre Painchaud LLP and Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP indicates that all persons in Canada who purchased the defendants' e-books between April 1, 2010 and March 10, 2017 are automatically included in the class actions , stating that those who want to participate in the class actions and benefit from the settlement do not have to do anything at this time.

In September 2014, a settlement agreement was reached and court approved with publishers Hachette Book Group Canada Ltd, Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Canada Limited, HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Macmillan Publishers Inc., Penguin Group (USA) LLC, Penguin Canada Books Inc. and Simon & Schuster Canada, a division of CBS Canada Holdings.

Applications for settlement approval with Apple are expected to take place at a hearing on November 30 in Ontario and December 14 in Quebec.

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