Apple conspired to raise e-book prices, judge says

Ruling brings DOJ’s case against computer giant to a close

A federal judge dealt Apple Inc. a mighty blow yesterday when she ruled in the ongoing e-book suit that the computer giant indeed conspired to fix e-book prices.

The case dates back a little more than a year, when the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suits against Apple and five publishers—MacMillan, Penguin Group, Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster—for conspiring to fix e-book prices. The five publishers eventually settled with the DOJ, but Apple—which the Justice Department claimed spearheaded the price-fixing conspiracy—fought to the bitter end.


Cathleen Flahardy

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