“The federal judge who ruled that Apple Inc violated antitrust law by conspiring with five major publishers to raise prices of e-books has scheduled a May 2014 trial to determine damages, according to an order made public on Wednesday,” Jonathan Stempel reports for Reuters.

“Absent an earlier resolution, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan would be expected at the trial to consider whether Apple should pay damages that could reach hundreds of millions of dollars,” Stempel reports. “Last month, Cote sided with the federal government and 33 U.S. states and territories in concluding that Apple conspired with the publishers to undermine pricing by rivals including Amazon.com Inc, which dominates the market for electronic books.”

Stempel reports, “The schedule for a possible trial on damages calls for the government and Apple to wrap up their interviews with experts by December 13. Court papers on whether to certify a class of plaintiffs must also be fully submitted by that date.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Denise Cote is a hack and a pawn.

Appeal this idiocy all the way to the Supreme Court if need be.

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