U.S. government complains, claims Apple trying to rush e-books antitrust case

“The U.S. government says Apple Inc. wants to rush its New York antitrust lawsuit over the price of electronic books by finishing evidence gathering by year’s end, and the electronics king acknowledges it has a ‘special urgency’ in ending the case,” Larry Neumeister reports for The Associated Press.

“The government said in a letter filed in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday that it wants until March to finish gathering facts in a lawsuit it brought this year,” Neumeister reports. “Government lawyers… said they were trying to reveal ‘a long-running, detailed conspiracy that affected millions of U.S. consumers and likely involved multiple executives at each co-conspirator. Some of the acts in furtherance of the conspiracy occurred in Europe, where the defendants also pursued a similar course of conduct aimed at European consumers.'”

Neumeister reports, “In its own letter, Apple said its approach reflects a “special urgency” in resolving the case because of public interests at stake and to vindicate its conduct. It repeated its ‘unequivocal position: it believes it has done nothing wrong and seeks a speedy resolution of the Department of Justice’s lawsuit on the merits. It is also a reality that the mere existence of litigation of this type creates marketplace uncertainties, which impact competitive conditions and the public interest.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: As we’ve said from the very beginning of this fiasco: “The U.S. DOJ is plainly inept.”

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43 Comments

  1. I find it hard to believe that it would take more than ONE month to gather evidence by the DOJ. Surely they had evidence before making accusations? But they want NINE months? Either I have no concept of the complexities of court evidence for such a trial or they are stalling due to lack of evidence (or wrong doing).

    1. Yeah, before you file charges aren’t you suppose to already have witnesseses, evidence?
      Is the DOJ really suppose to run around making baseless accusations and extorting money from companies?

  2. The Feds wasted money prosecuting John Edwards and Roger Clemens and investigating Lance Armstrong; now they are going to strike out again. What kind of attorneys is the DOJ hiring?

  3. The Feds have a weak case, and they know it. The longer they can delay, the more time they have to find something–anything–to bolster their case. The lawyers for O.J. Simpson saw the same thing, a weak case, so they insisted on a speedy trial. They won.

    Apple sees a weak case. Apple should be pushing for an immediate trial. According to the Sixth Amendment, a speedy trial is a right. If the courts are going to declare a corporation a “person” for taxation purposes, corporations should be people for trial purposes.

    1. They don’t have a case at all. They were hoping for everyone they charged to do the math and decide to knuckle under for business reasons, so they could pretend that they did something to “protect the public.”

      Holder’s looking for ANYTHING to distract people from his Mexican gun-running caper.

      -jcr

    2. Technically, the right to a speedy trial is for criminal charges, not civil cases. But one would think that, once a civil case is brought, that the plaintiff would have enough of a case prima facie. But the rampant growth of government size, power and arrogance (and I’m not just talking about the current administration) seems to make those in government think that they are our masters, rather than our servants.

      http://fortnightforfreedom.org — Viva Cristo Rey!

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