Monday, March 7, 2016

United States Supreme Court Won't Hear Apple E-Book Antitrust Case

 (March 7, 2016, 9:36 AM ET) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not review a Second Circuit decision holding Apple liable for orchestrating a plot to fix e-book prices, denying the technology giant a chance to argue that it should be off the hook because its conduct was pro-competitive overall.
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Apple Sr VP Eddy Cue on the stand during the Apple eBook price fixing trial in
Manhattan Federal Court June 2013

United States of America v. Apple Inc., et al., 12 Civ. 2862 (DLC), was a US antitrust case in which the Court held thatApple Inc. conspired to raise the price of e-books in violation of the Sherman Act.

The suit, filed in April 2012, alleged that Apple Inc. and five book publishing companies conspired to raise and fix the price for electronic books (e-books) in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act.[1] The publishers are Hachette Book Group, Inc., HarperCollins PublishersMacmillan PublishersPenguin Group, Inc., and Simon & Schuster, Inc. (collectively referred to as the Publisher Defendants). Only Apple proceeded to trial while the Publisher Defendants settled their claims.

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