Class Action Regarding Price Fixing Practices in the Ebooks Industry (Livrels/ Ebooks)

State of class action


The hearing scheduled for December 14, 2022 on the approval of the eBooks price-fixing class action settlement has been postponed to a date to be determined, likely to be held in late January 2023. This postponement is due to the adjournment until January 13, 2023 of the hearing held in Ontario on November 30, 2022. Once the hearing is completed in Ontario, where the national class action is active, a hearing date will be set for the Quebec hearing. This new date will be published on our website and on that of the claims administrator, which we invite you to visit starting January 14, 2023.

Class action description

This class action alleges that ebooks publishers Hachette, Harper Collins, MacMillen, Penguin and Simon & Schuster (the Respondent Publishers) conspired with Apple to fix ebooks prices in Canada since Apple’s Ipad launch in April 2010.

Group description

All Quebec residents who purchased, since April 1, 2010, an ebook published by one of the Respondent Publishers.

If you think you are part of this group, we invite you to submit your information and comments in order for us to generate a directory of members. We are inviting you to visit our website on a regular basis in order to be updated on the current case.


2012-02-24 : Motion for authorization to institute a class action

2012-07-26: Motion to suspend the case

2014-05-30: Motion for approval a notice to members

2014-07-21: Judgment authorising the class action against the Respondent Publishers for settlement purposes only

2014-07-24: Notice of hearing on approval of the proposed agreement

2022-08-29 : Notice to members

Normand Painchaud
Lawyers assigned to the dossier

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