Apple has reached an out of court settlement with plaintiffs that accused it of price-fixing on e-books, the Wall Street Journal reported today. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung
Apple and the plaintiffs — consumers and some US states — have reached an agreement in principle that must be approved by the US District Court in New York, said Steve Berman, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, the Journal reported. The terms of the settlement were not made public. Also Read - Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels go live in 170 countries starting today
The plaintiffs had been seeking $840 million in damages from Apple, arguing that it had overcharged consumers on e-books to the tune of $280 million. The plaintiffs said the tech giant should have to pay three times that amount in damages, the paper said. The agreement is contingent on Apple’s appeal of an anti-trust ruling last year by US District Judge Denise Cote that Apple and five major American publishers had colluded to push up the price of e-books, the Journal added. Apple says it has not broken any anti-trust laws. Also Read - Apple TV+ free trial will now be available for 3 months instead of a year: What to do?