Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fact or fiction? E-book Settlement?

Do you ever get a spam e-mail that you are not sure is true or false? Most of them are pretty obvious, especially the ones asking for money or a credit card number. Well my GMail account is very "junk/spam proof" but every now and then I get one that sneaks through the cracks. This morning the following email was in my inbox from the "State Attorneys General." Now here is the catch. I did purchase an E-book sometime last year so apparently that qualifies me for this "settlement" that I am guessing will be about $3. Did any of you receive this email?

Benefits from an Attorney General E-books Settlement Fund

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Settlement ID Number: AP03222568

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:

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.

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Cathy said...

Yes, we received a notice from about the e-settlement hopefully due mid-February 2013.

Lindsey said...

It looks pretty legit to me. I had one that come to me about exchange rates from when I went to Costa Rica. I filled it out because it didn't ask for any sensitive information. I forgot about it and I think it was 2 years before I got it.

Susie Chadwick said...

I'm pretty sure this is real. I also got the Amazon one which states that I don't need to do ANYTHING to receive the credit - it will automatically be applied to my account. The fact that I don't have to do anything makes it more believable. Also, I find the suit believable.

Mom said...

I've purchased many ebooks but I haven't received any e book settlement emails. I either purchase them through Amazon/Kindle or Deseret Book. Maybe that's why.

Cathy said...

What matters is the 3 publishers named in the lawsuit: Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins.