“The refusal of the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Apple’s appeal in the e-books antitrust case underscores how poorly served Apple has been by its legal team in this matter,” Mark Hibben writes for Seeking Alpha. “Apple will now be required to abide by the terms of Judge Denise Cote’s judgment of 2013 and the settlement Apple reached with the states.”

“This outcome leaves many Apple fans fuming at what they perceive as an unfair or political decision,” Hibben writes. “In fact, the appeal never stood a chance.”

“I’m sure that, even now, Apple’s management doesn’t feel they did anything wrong. Once again, this is really irrelevant. The case was never about right or wrong. It was about violating very specific Federal regulations regarding business practices. The right or wrong of Apple’s actions is open to debate. The fact that they violated SAA [Sherman Antitrust Act] is not. The Supreme Court has made that very clear,” Hibben writes. “The evidence presented by the Federal government that Apple knew about the publisher price fixing conspiracy, and entered into it willingly was really overwhelming. The fact that Apple may have felt that it was doing a service to consumers by breaking the Amazon monopoly doesn’t really matter.”

“Apple’s arrangements with iTunes content providers will probably come under renewed scrutiny,” Hibben writes. “Investors can expect that Apple will be much more cooperative with the Federal government, and take whatever corrective action is required.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What’s done is done. It’s well past time to move on.

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