• Feds Looking for Dirt on Apple From Possible 'Conspirators'

    The hunt is on for evidence that Apple helped pull off (or at least participated in) a clever eBook price fixing scheme with some of the biggest names in mainstream publishing.

    As MMi has covered in copious detail in recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice has had its sights set on Apple and five book-publishing houses, all of whom have been put on the spot to answer some tough questions and even tougher accusations.

    Once again this week, the Feds indicated that Apple "wants to rush its antitrust lawsuit over the price of electronic books. Apple acknowledges it has a 'special urgency' in ending the case."

    Earlier this year, the federal government filed suit as it joined more than a dozen states in a legal showdown that asserts Apple and its publishing partners "conspired" in late 2009 to drive eBook prices higher and give more pricing authority to publishers at the expense of retailers.

    The government now says it will spend the next 8 to 10 months scouring for evidence - and possibly trying to solicit it from Apple's alleged "conspirators" - so that the case can proceed and any potential wrongdoing can be exposed and remedied.

    "This is, after all, a conspiracy case in which the settling defendants are alleged co-conspirators," DOJ lawyers state in legal documents pertinent to the matter. "There is, therefore, no remotely plausible argument that they are not likely to be sources of highly relevant evidence."

    Apple and its various publishing partners have maintained that no wrongdoing was committed.

    Source: Huffington Post
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Feds Looking for Dirt on Apple From Possible 'Conspirators' started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Awesome!! There is justice in the world.
      Apple is the root of this price fixing, without Apple the publishers wouldn't have raised the prices as much as they have.
      I am sure there is plenty of evidence out there, hope government find them all
    1. Crazyj29's Avatar
      Crazyj29 -
      DOJ should deal with its in house problems before taking on apple.
    1. flowney's Avatar
      flowney -
      This seems like an odd way to proceed. Indict the alleged law breakers and then go search for evidence. Didn't the US DOJ have any evidence to begin with? From a taxpayer perspective, this seems rather wasteful and inefficient.
    1. petrusk's Avatar
      petrusk -
      I like my paperback books : )
    1. scottjl's Avatar
      scottjl -
      um.. the price of ebooks went down after apple opened their store, they broke the monopoly that amazon enjoyed who set the prices on books and dictated the terms to the publishers. apple put the power back in the hands of the publishers and now it's amazon that's crying foul. good luck doj!
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