Apple eBook trial set for 2013

Macworld Australia Staff
25 June, 2012
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Apple and two publishers will face trial in June 2013 over alleged ebook price collusion through the iBookstore.

According to US District Court Judge Denise Cote in New York, Apple and publishers Macmillan and Penguin Group will face an antitrust lawsuit on June 3 filed by the US government after a US Department of Justice investigation in April.

Apple has denied the accusations, noting, “Amazon is the dominant book retailer and wields ‘market power’ over ebooks.”

Apple claims that the US government has sided with monopoly rather than competition in bringing a case of ebook price-fixing against Apple, the company said in a filing in May before a federal court.

The Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five large publishers in April accused the companies of working together to raise prices of ebooks, in retaliation for competitor pricing most ebooks at US$9.99 beginning in late 2007.

Three publishers – Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group and HarperCollins – settled out of court.

You can read Apple’s whole response in the ebook case, here


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