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Judge Rules That Apple Led ‘Conspiracy’ To Fix eBook Prices

U.S. district judge Denise Cote ruled today that Apple colluded with publishers to fix eBook prices. You can read her 160-page ruling at this PDF link. The DOJ offered this statement:

After carefully weighing the evidence, the court agreed with the Justice Department and 33 state attorneys general that executives at the highest levels of Apple orchestrated a conspiracy with five major publishers – Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster – to raise e-book prices.  Through today’s court decision and previous settlements with five major publishers, consumers are again benefitting from retail price competition and paying less for their e-books.

Above, you can see a DOJ chart about how eBook prices changed when the agency model took effect in 2010 (click to enlarge). You can read more about the chart, created by Berkeley Competition Policy Center chair and emeritus Berkeley economics professor Richard J. Gilbert for the DOJ.

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Apple & Publishers’ Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Denied

U.S. District Court judge Denise Cote has denied both Apple’s and publishers’ move to dismiss a civil class action suit that alleges Apple and major publishers colluded to set eBook prices.

Follow this PDF link to download a copy of the 56-page decision.

Hagens Berman managing partner Steve Berman is the lead counsel in the class action suit against Apple and publishers. He had this statement: “We look forward to uncovering additional evidence in the discovery phase of this litigation … We litigated this case because we strongly believe that consumers were harmed by Apple and the publishers’ tactics and we will not settle without an effective plan to repay consumers for their losses.”

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