U.S. Department of Justice Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple, Publishers

Posted April 11, 2012 at 2:26pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 3471 views

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in New York claiming that the companies colluded to fix eBook pricing.

Apple and Macmillan, which have refused to engage in settlement talks with the Justice Department, deny they colluded to raise prices for digital books, according to people familiar with the matter. They will argue that pricing agreements between Apple and publishers enhanced competition in the e-book industry, which was dominated by Amazon.com Inc.

The Justice Department is probing how Cupertino, California-based Apple changed the way publishers charged for e- books on the iPad, a person familiar with the matter said last month. CBS Corp. (CBS)'s Simon & Schuster, Lagardère SCA's Hachette Book Group and News Corp. (NWSA)'s HarperCollins are seeking to avoid a costly legal battle and could settle as soon as today, two people familiar with the matter said.


The Justice Department says it will announce an antitrust settlement today that will presumably see some of these publishers return to a wholesale model.

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Your-Moma - April 11, 2012 at 3:00pm
Typical america they not happy with screwing some rag heads in the ass Now they wana screw successful tech companies too! And Obama wonders why iPhone isn't built in USA...
Paul - April 11, 2012 at 3:47pm
Geez man, that's the job of the Justice Dept to guard against anti trust or similar infractions. You honestly think this has anything to do with the office of the presidency or are you one of those that gets a hard on by bashing the president? Grow up. This is not a political forum.
prozac1234567 - April 12, 2012 at 7:00pm
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