“Apple Inc wants to go to trial to defend itself against U.S. government allegations that it conspired with publishers to raise prices of electronic books, a lawyer for the Silicon Valley giant said in court on Wednesday,” Grant McCool reports for Reuters.
“Two publishers took a similar stance in the first hearing in Manhattan federal court since the anti-trust division of the Department of Justice last week accused Apple and five publishers of colluding to break up Amazon.com’s low-cost dominance of the digital book market,” McCool reports. “The publishers are Macmillan, a unit of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH, and Pearson Plc’s Penguin Group. Settlements with the other three publishers — HarperCollins Publishers Inc, Simon & Schuster Inc and Hachette Book Group — were announced a week ago.”
McCool reports, “‘Our basic view is that we would like the case to be decided on the merits,’ Apple lawyer, Daniel Floyd, told U.S. District Judge Denise Cote. ‘We believe that this is not an appropriate case against us and we would like to validate that.’ The judge scheduled the next hearing for June 22.”
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