If you purchased eBooks in Canada between April1, 2010 and March 10, 2017, you may be eligible for a payment from this class action.
What is this class action about?
Class action lawsuits were commenced in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec (“Actions”) against the defendants Apple Inc., Apple Canada Inc. (together, “Apple”) and Hachette Book Group Canada Ltd, Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Canada Limited, HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Macmillan Publishers, Inc., Penguin Group (USA) LLC (now Penguin Random House LLC), Penguin Canada Books, Inc. (now Penguin Random House Canada Limited), and Simon & Schuster Canada, a division of CBS Canada Holdings Co. (the “Publishers”) alleging they conspired to fix, maintain, increase or control the price of eBooks sold by them in Canada, contrary to Part VI of the Competition Act, the common law and the Civil Code of Quebec (the “Alleged Conspiracy”).
The Actions allege that, because of the Alleged Conspiracy, the price of eBooks sold in Canada between April 1, 2010, and March 10, 2017, was artificially high, and seek reimbursement of the alleged overcharges.
A settlement agreement has been reached with Apple (the “Proposed Settlement”) that will conclude the Actions if it is approved by the Courts. Settlement includes a payment of $12,000,000 CAD (the “Settlement Proceeds”) by Apple.
The Ontario hearing for approval of the proposed settlement will continue on January 13, 2023. The Quebec hearing scheduled for December 14, 2022, is adjourned. A date for the Quebec hearing will be set once the Ontario hearing has been completed.
The continuation of the Ontario hearing will take place:
On January 13, 2023, at 9:00am EST.
The hearing may be viewed by judicial videoconference:
In Ontario on Zoom here
Summary of Your Legal Rights and Options
Opt out of the settlement
If you do NOT want to participate in the Proposed Settlement, you MUST exclude yourself by completing and sending an Opt-Out Request Form to the Claims Administrator by no later than November 11, 2022
Click here for more information.
If the Proposed Settlement is approved and you do nothing, you are automatically included in the Settlement Class (if you qualify) and you will be legally bound by all orders and judgments of the Courts.
Submit a claim
If you want to participate in the Actions and benefit from this Proposed Settlement if approved, you do not need to do anything at this time.
If the Approval Courts approve the Proposed Settlement, more information will be provided on this website about how to submit a claim.