Texas Joins Multi-State Settlement In E-Book Price Fixing Case

The Office of Attorney General Greg Abbot announced Texas has joined 32 other states to settle a case against Penguin Group over price fixing in the electronic book market.

The agreement resolves charges that Penguin colluded with other major publishers and Apple to manipulate prices for E-books.

“This has actually been a big issue, and Texas has been on the forefront of it.”

Darren Bush teaches antitrust law at the University of Houston Law Center.

“The book publishers were very upset about Amazon’s purchasing power and keeping E-books down to $9.99. So they decided that they would get together with Apple and start moving to a model where they would be able to pass through pricing points at a higher level and raise prices.”

Consumers nationwide will receive more than $160 million in compensation as result of the settlement and previous deals with four other publishers. Texas’ antitrust action against Apple based on the same allegations is set to go to trial in June.

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...