Attorney General George Jepsen announced that e-book publisher Penguin has agreed to a price fixing settlement that will provide approximately $3 million in refunds to Connecticut consumers.

Jepsen joined with Attorney Generals in 32 other states to sue electronic book publishers over alleged price fixing and collusion. Penguin is the fifth publisher to agree to a settle the lawsuit brought on by the states, which has resulted in the publishers paying over $164 million in settlement fees to consumers.

“Consumers are entitled to a fair, open and competitive marketplace,” said Attorney General Jepsen said in a release. “This agreement is yet another step toward providing restitution to those consumers who were harmed by alleged price-fixing within the eBook market and will further ensure that, going forward, consumers benefit from fair competition in the sale of eBooks.”

Jepsen said Connecticut and Texas will be taking Apple, Inc. to trial on June 3 on behalf of the other member states in the effort.

“We will aggressively seek to obtain additional compensation for consumers in our respective states who have been injured by the illegal conspiracy we allege in our complaint,” Jepesen said.

In February Macmillan settled their portion of the suit for $12 million. Hachette Book Group, Inc., Harper Collins Publishers LLC and Simon & Schuster, Inc also settled claims brought on by the states.

Consumers seeking more information can vist to obtain more information on receiving rebates. The rebate process will vary depending on where consumers purchased the books.

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Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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