Breaking: U.S. Sues Apple, Publishers Over eBook Price-Fixing
from the fresh-news dept
Ever since the Justice Department announced that they were investigating Apple and several publishers over allegations that Apple’s agency model for ebook pricing violates antitrust law, we’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop. Last night, Reuters reported that a lawsuit was imminent, and now Bloomberg has the news that the government has filed a lawsuit against Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in New York district court.
Details are still scarce, but sources say Apple and Macmillan refused to participate in settlement talks while some of the other publishers are still hoping to avoid a drawn out legal battle, and may settle soon. Update: Bloomberg is now reporting that S&S, HarperCollins and Hachette have settled. It will be interesting to see what kind of defense Apple brings, because the evidence of collusion doesn’t look good for them at all. Despite Authors Guild president Scott Turow’s self-serving claim that this will somehow hurt culture, this is good news for readers: busting Apple’s and the publishers’ iron grip on ebook prices will likely reduce them across the board.
Here is this the government’s complete filing (pdf and embedded below).