Last week, on Friday, 22 June 2012, a US judge set a trial date for the US government’s lawsuit that accuses Apple and many book publishers of conspiracy to fix the price of e-books.
The case will begin June 3, 2013 and it is based in part on antitrust charges. US Department Of Justice (DOJ) claimed that Apple colluded with five book publishers to artificially inflate electronic book (ebook) prices in early 2010, when Apple was releasing the iPad.
The government complaint referenced Amazon’s then-standard policy of selling e-books for $10 per book. It also quoted Steve Jobs as offering publishers a way to boost those prices, to “create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.”
Denying the charges, Apple argues that it did nothing of the sort. The Cupertino, California-based tech giant claimed that no price fixing was involved or intended. Apple further proposed that its own e-book system powered the current demand for e-books as well as its competitor’s improved technology through competition, the opposite of monopoly.
Publishers Macmillan and Penguin Group are also fighting the antitrust suit, while HarperCollins, CBS Corp, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette Book Group have settled the case out of court with DOJ.
The case is officially named “In Re: Electronic Books Antitrust Litigation, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 11-2293.”
Source: Cult Of Mac