Consumers to receive share of e-book settlement

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Some Utah residents who might have overpaid for e-books will receive shares of a nationwide settlement this week.

The office of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes in a Tuesday statement the payments will go to Utah consumers who properly filed claims after buying electronic books from some publishers starting in April 2010 and for about two years afterward.

The office says the state is getting $1.5 million of a $166 million settlement with five e-book publishers: Hachette, HarperCollins. Simon & Shuster, Holtzbrinck and Penguin Group (USA).

Prosecutors have said several publishers conspired to raise e-book prices for all consumers and eliminate price competition.

Hachette has denied it acted in conspiracy but said it changed its pricing structure.

Apple, Inc. is battling claims in district court that it violated anti-trust laws.

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