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Inclusive Access

Antitrust Class Action Investigation


Attention: Students who purchased textbooks and/or course materials via one of the various Inclusive Access platforms (see list below) from March 5, 2016, to present.

Abington Cole + Ellery is conducting a class action investigation regarding the potentially anticompetitive business practices of the "Inclusive Access" framework and business model implemented by some of the largest textbook publishers and retailers for universities and colleges in the United States.

The Inclusive Access platforms use various names depending on the school, including: Access Granted, Access Now, Access One, All Access, All Inclusive, Auto Access, Complete Digital Access, Course Fee, Course Materials Fee Program, Day One Access, Day One Direct Access (D1DA), Digital Access, Digital Direct Access (DDA), Direct Access, Direct Digital, First Access, First Day Access, Immediate Access, Instant Access, Interactive Digital Access Program (IDAP), One Fee, Textbook Price Reduction Pilot Program.

The anticompetitive behavior of the textbook publishers and retailers harms the entire market -- resulting in a complete lack of choice for students, exponentially higher prices for students, and reduction in quality and variety of products and services offered to students.

This anticompetitive framework has been achieved by publishers who have allegedly conceived and implemented a scheme to force upon the marketplace textbooks and other course materials that must be purchased brand new from the publishers by every single university student every single term and those purchases may only be made from the partner textbook sellers, thereby removing all marketplace competitors and substitute products, including the large secondary market for textbooks and other course materials.

A lawsuit recently filed on behalf of various independent textbook retailers names as parties to the "Inclusive Access" anticompetitive conspiracy the following publishers: Cengage Learning, Inc., McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC, and Pearson Education, Inc.; and the following retailers: Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, and Follett Higher Education Group, Inc.; and the following trade association: Educational Publishers Enforcement Group.

The purpose of this separate investigation, and the class action lawsuit that will result therefrom, is to obtain relief for students affected by the above described anticompetitive acts.

If you believe you are a victim of the Inclusive Access business model, and would like to participate in a class action lawsuit regarding these actions, please submit your information via the form on this webpage.

This website is not associated with nor authorized by Inclusive Access or any affiliated companies.

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