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Apple Has Appealed eBook Judgement

apple-logo-248x300Apple has filed papers claiming the antitrust judgement against the company is out of date and will hurt consumers if it stands.

ABC News has the scoop: “Apple’s papers filed Tuesday refuted the antitrust finding, and said its entrance into the e-book market ‘kick-started competition in a highly concentrated market, delivering higher output, lower price levels, and accelerated innovation.’ Apple had also filed a request that the monitor’s work be suspended until the appeals court decides whether he was correctly appointed. A three-judge panel of the appeals court ruled earlier this month that he can once again take up his work but under the limits decided upon by Cote.”

Earlier this month, Apple’s previous appeal was rejected by the court. Apple could pay up to $840 million in antitrust claims as a punishment for being found guilty of colluding with publishers to fix the prices of eBooks. In June, U.S. district judge Denise Cote found Apple guilty of the antitrust claims filed by the U.S. Justice Department. She also determined that 33 states were eligible to join in the suit.

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