Apple wants to go to trial to defend allegations of ebook price-fixing, the company’s lawyer told a US court on Wednesday.
Apple is currently embroiled in a lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice that claims the company colluded with publishers to hike the price of ebooks sold on the iBookstore, in an attempt to break Amazon’s monopoly on the market.
“Our basic view is that we would like the case to be decided on the merits,” Apple lawyer, Daniel Floyd, told US District Judge Denise Cote. “We believe that this is not an appropriate case against us and we would like to validate that,” reports Reuters.
The judge scheduled the next hearing to take place on June 22.
While three of the accused publishers – Hachette, Harper Collins and Simon & Schuster – have reached out of court settlements and agreed to compensate buyers, Macmillan and Pearson are taking the same stance as Apple, requesting that a trial hearing be set.
To date 15 US states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have filed lawsuits against Apple and the publishers.
The European Commission is also conducting its own investigation into the matter, revealing that it had received settlement proposals from Apple and four publishers – Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Livre and Macmillan’s parent.