North Dakotans to get $390K in e-book settlement

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota residents are getting back nearly $390,000 as part of a national settlement in an electronic book price-fixing lawsuit.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN’-juhm) says the refunds will be in the form of account credits or checks. They will go to consumers who bought certain e-books between April 1, 2010, and May 21, 2012.

The lawsuit was filed by 33 states against Apple Inc. and five of the nation’s six largest e-book publishers. The publishers settled claims against them for a total payment of $166 million.

Apple did not settle and was found at trial last year to have played a central role in a conspiracy to fix prices. A second trial to determine how much it owes will be held in the future.

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