"If we go to trial, we will ask for civil penalties to be imposed," Davis said.
In a filing in federal court in Manhattan this week, Apple said its entry into the e-book market actually helped consumers, by forcing other makers of e-book readers to compete harder and come up with new technology for e-readers.
"The DOJ's accusation of collusion against Apple is simply not true," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said earlier. "The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon's monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. Since then customers have benefited from eBooks that are more interactive and engaging."
Penguin and Macmillan, too, have denied wrongdoing, saying that the decision not to settle was not made lightly.
"HarperCollins did not violate any anti-trust laws and will comply with its obligations under the agreement," a company spokesperson wrote in part. "HarperCollins' business terms and policies have been, and continue to be, designed to give readers the greatest choice of formats, features, value, platforms and partners - for both print and digital."
A statement from Hachette said the company "reluctantly" agreed to the settlement.
"Hachette was not involved in a conspiracy to illegally fix the price of e-books, and we have made no admission of liability," the company statement read, in part. "Although we remain confident that we did not violate the antitrust laws, we faced the prospect of lengthy and costly litigation with government plaintiffs with virtually unlimited resources. Hachette has decided that the costs, uncertainties, and distractions of this litigation would be too disruptive to our business."
As far as a timeframe for getting any restitution to West Virginia readers, Davis said that -- and figuring out how to get the money back to the customers who bought e-books -- could take a while.
"I'm not expecting to see it this year," Davis said. "I would hope to see it in 2013, but that may be [too soon] as well."
Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.