Apple has settled a portion of its e-book price-fixing case involving several state governments which were seeking up to $840 million on behalf of consumers.
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in a document filed Monday with a U.S. Federal District Court in
The case was scheduled to go to trial in July, about one year after a federal judge ruled that Apple led a conspiracy to raise the price of e-books. In that case, brought by the
As part of the launch of the
But in doing so, the judge found that the companies colluded with Apple to create a model that increased the cost of many e-books for consumers. While Apple continues to appeal that case, the judge ordered the appointment of an antitrust monitor to patrol Apple's deals with content companies.
That case, however, did not involve monetary damages. In their related case, the states were seeking damages and refunds to consumers who they claimed were forced to overpay for books.
According to Bloomberg, the judge in the case involving the states ordered the parties to file details of the settlement within a month.