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      Alabama receives nearly $2 million in e-book settlement

      Attorney General Luther Strange announced today Alabama will receive nearly $2 million dollars as part of a national settlement regarding price-fixing of electronic books. The agreement settles claims brought by Attorney General Strange and 32 other Attorney General in 2012 against five of the nation's six largest e-book publishers. A trial is expected sometime this summer to determine damages due to consumers from Apple Inc. {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}

      "I am pleased that we have been able to recover nearly $2 million due to Alabamians, and that the entirety of this settlement is being used to compensate consumers for their damages." The amount of individual refunds will be based on the number of eligible e-books purchased during the claims period of April 1, 2010 to May 21, 2012. Most of the payments will be electronically transmitted this week back to the accounts through which customers made the purchases, and in cases where this can not be determined, paper checks will be mailed. Customers should look for an email from their e-book retailer.