Apple and publishers subpoena Amazon in ebook pricing case; Amazon attempted to quash

“Apple wants the Department of Justice to turn over the interviews it conducted with Amazon employees as part of the ebook pricing lawsuit,” Laura Hazard Owen reports for paidContent.

“n an August filing, Apple wrote, ‘Amazon was the driving force behind the Government’s investigation,’ and it told a story to the Government that has yet to be scrutinized. Amazon talked with the government repeatedly throughout the investigation, even hosting a two-day meeting at its Seattle headquarters,” Owen reports. “Apple’s fight to obtain the interviews came to light as result of court records that show Amazon attempting to quash the subpoena in Seattle federal court.”

Owen reports, “We don’t know what kind of information Apple is seeking, but some of it would likely relate to Amazon’s ebook pricing practices. Apple attorneys are now trying to transfer Amazon’s motion to the Southern District of New York so that Judge Denise Cote, who is overseeing the case, can rule on it.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The U.S. DOJ is plainly inept.

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

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  1. If Apple exposes a lack of substance and fact, Apple should sue the the DOJ for conspiring and colluding with Amazon to secure a monopoly. Not for punitive damages because I don’t want to pay higher taxes, but maybe for a get-out-jail-free card should Apple try to become a cellular carrier.

    1. The penalty (if there is a penalty) will be a political one … reaction against the Obama administration.  The Justice Department can’t be sued for investigating a possible lawbreaker.  If Apple agreed to a settlement, it has acknowledged guilt …

    2. This could expose the existence of a coverup scandal involving the powerful AG at the DoJ and Amazon to create a monopoly, thus to be called “Amazon e-Bookgate”. In the season of malfeasance in critical institutions, authorities cannot be trusted. Look at the collusion between the banks and the authorities as one example of how such activities can hurt the economy of the country and the world.

  2. Bezos is an Obama crony. This lawsuit is payback for his support. Why is anyone surprised. This has been happening for decades. Bailouts, lawsuits, etc. Cronies rule Washington and most likely your state capital as well.

    1. LOL. You think NASA is all good? LOL.

      Here’s some investigative journalists who might disagree with you. There’s so much shit that we don’t know…
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        1. Not trying to take away man’s greatest achievement… if it happens the way they said it did. Much of history are lies written by back in the day PR gurus who aimed to seek the favor of their kings and leaders by not making them look like complete assholes in the logs of history.

          But NASA has been corrupt from DAY ONE. I take it you’re not aware of Project Paperclip, wherein the US govt in their wonderful wisdom sought to bring over the Nazi scientist to work on the space program.

          Watch those videos and see the sickening connections between that and even the death of President Kennedy, you might start to question everything you’ve ever heard about NASA.

  3. “The U.S. DOJ is plainly inept.”

    But, but, but . . . certainly not when it comes to voter intimidation issues with the New Black Panthers! Not when it comes to trying KSM in New York City, rather than at Guantanamo! Not when it comes to investigating the “Fast and Furious” abomination! Not when it comes to being cited for contempt by the US Congress! And certainly not . . . .

    Oh well. Never mind.

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