“Welcome to the ironic denouement of l’affaire ebooks, which reached a climax in 2013 when a federal judge found that Apple had brokered a conspiracy with book publishers to fix prices. The legal tussle resulted in the publishers settling their cases — which is what paid for the customer credits that went out today — while Apple fought on alone,” Roberts writes. “For now, the biggest winner is Amazon, which already dominated the ebook market at the time of price-fixing scheme in 2010. Today, as a result of lawsuits brought by the Justice Department and state governments, Amazon is an even stronger position with the publishers; it will also get a healthy cut of the $160 million or so that the publishers agreed to pay under a settlement.”
Roberts writes, “Right now, [Apple] is in the midst of high legal torture at the hands of a hostile judge, class action lawyers, state attorneys general and the Justice Department.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, Apple will someday run into a judge who isn’t a vacant-eyed puppet:
For the whole sordid story in concise form, please read: Apple’s Star Chamber: An abusive judge and her prosecutor friend besiege the tech maker.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Dan K." for the heads up.]
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