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The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the $450 million settlement in a case charging Apple with fixing prices on e-books. The settlement had been challenged by one e-books purchaser, who questioned the fairness, reasonableness, and adequacy of the class action settlement.

Pending Apple's appeal to the Supreme Court, the company will be forced to reimburse consumers for playing a "central role" in a price-fixing scheme designed to undercut their major competitor, Amazon. The settlement calls for Apple to pay $400 million to compensate consumers and another $50 million in legal fees.

3 Scalia Opinions Reveal This American Justice

Everyone's got opinions but few express them as eloquently in writing as US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia did, so it's no wonder he opined for a living. Scalia passed away this weekend of natural causes at age 79. But it could never be said that he went gently into that good night.

In fact, some of Scalia's recent words, at a Supreme Court hearing of oral arguments last December, drew gasps of shock from the audience. Few Justices manage to become major cultural figures, but this crotchety scribbler of law did it, American style. He was alternately absurd, bold, outrageous, and great. Let's take a look at a few notable cases.

Bikram Choudhury, founder of his eponymous hot yoga empire, has been ordered to pay a former employee $7.4 million for retaliation, wrongful termination, and sexual harassment. Minakshi "Miki" Jafa-Bodden sued Choudhury, claiming she was fired for refusing to cover up an investigation into another woman's rape allegation against the guru.

The once ubiquitous Bikram yoga brand has been rocked by controversy in recent years. Numerous profiles have highlighted claims of harassment and abuse. And Jafa-Bodden's was just one of six lawsuits against Choudhury, each accusing him of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Greyhound Settles ADA Lawsuit

Greyhound Lines will pay at least $375,000 and implement nationwide reforms as part of a settlement agreement with the United States Department of Justice. The DOJ sued Greyhound alleging a systematic failure to provide equal access to transportation for passengers with disabilities.

The full value of the settlement won't be known until all the potential passengers who suffered disability discrimination have been identified.

How much is a life worth? Or, more accurately, how much is a donor egg that could begin a life worth? For more than a decade, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has set the price guidelines for donor eggs, suggesting that donated human eggs should not be sold for more than $5,000 without justification, and that a $10,000 price tag was "beyond what is appropriate."

Unsurprisingly, the women donating or selling their eggs weren't pleased with the price caps, and filed an antitrust lawsuit against ASRM, alleging the suggested prices amounted to illegal price fixing. And this week, ASRM settled the case, and agreed to remove the language from its guidelines.

PayPal to Settle $3.2M for Improper Account Lock Class Action

PayPal is designed to make transacting online simple and streamlined. You use your account to pay people and get paid and to make purchases from stores that accept the service.

But because PayPal does do business in a new and somewhat suspect sphere -- online banking and shopping -- it has adopted strict anti-fraud policies that anger users and lock them out of their accounts and their money. Moises Zepeda, who sued the company on behalf of a class of plaintiffs whose accounts were improperly locked for 6 months for security reasons, complained that users were not paid interest while money in their accounts was frozen. PayPal agreed to settle the suit for $3.2 million, reports Investor's Business Daily.