“A US judge Monday expressed doubt towards the government’s e-book antitrust case against Apple, saying the tech giant was challenging “predatory” pricing from rival Amazon,” AFP reports.

“In July 2013, US District Court Judge Denise Cote sided with the government, concluding that Apple was liable for ‘facilitating and encouraging’ a collective effort by the publishers to end price competition for e-books,” AFP reports. “Theodore Boutrous, an attorney with Gibson Dunn representing Apple, told the appeals court that Cote’s ruling was ‘a roadblock that chills innovation and competition.’ The decision discourages new entrants into a market, ‘which the court has said is the essence of competition,’ he said.”

“Apple’s arguments resonated with at least one member of the three-judge panel, who appeared openly hostile to the government’s case,” AFP reports. “Judge Dennis Jacobs questioned a Department of Justice attorney on the agency’s hostility to Apple’s challenge to Amazon, which had more than estimated 90 percent market share at the time. ‘What we’re talking about is a new entrant who is breaking the hold of a market by a monopolist who is maintaining its hold by what is arguably predatory pricing,’ Jacobs said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Oh, lookie here, a U.S. judge with a clue. So, they do still exist, after all!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jax44” for the heads up.]

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