Friday September 18, 2015

Apple Will Ask The Supreme Court To Hear Its eBooks Antitrust Case

Why does it not surprise me that, after losing the initial case and subsequent appeal, Apple has decided to take this case to the Supreme Court after everyone else involved has already settled.

The request will be the latest turn in a case that's now spanned years. In 2013, Apple was found guilty of conspiring to fix the price of ebooks as a way of competing with Amazon. The Department of Justice alleged that the company had organized a scheme with major book publishers to coordinate favorable pricing. The judge on the case ultimately agreed, saying the evidence demonstrated "a clear portrait of a conscious commitment to cross a line and engage in illegal behavior." Apple appealed the case, but ultimately lost there as well.

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