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AUSTIN, July 10 2013-- A federal court today found Apple Inc. unlawfully conspired with major U.S. publishers to raise the prices of electronic books. In a ruling issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Apple’s role in an E-books price-fixing scheme was found to violate antitrust laws.
The court’s order was issued after a three-week civil antitrust trial before Judge Denise Cote, which began June 3, and ended June 20. The trial did not address the issue of monetary damages, which will be the subject of a future proceeding.
The court found that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing “the conspiracy to raise E-book prices” and that “Apple’s orchestration” of the conspiracy was necessary to its success.
The five publishers : Hachette Book Group Inc.; HarperCollins Publishers LLC; Simon & Schuster Inc.; Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC d/b/a Macmillan; and Penguin Group (USA), Inc., previously settled the states’ claims against them prior to trial, resulting in customers nationwide receiving $166 million in compensation.
The litigation, which included a group of 33 states led by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice, and settlements stem from a two-year investigation conducted by the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice.
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