Apple set to present its defense in e-book antitrust case

“Eddy Cue, the alleged ‘ringmaster’ of a conspiracy to raise e-book prices in 2010, returns to a Manhattan federal court Monday in the final four days of the Department of Justice’s antitrust case against Apple,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“U.S. District Judge Denise Cote will probably have a few questions for Cue, and the DOJ may re-cross, but then the government will rest its case, and it will be Apple’s turn to present its defense,” P.E.D. reports. “Thursday has been set aside for summations, and then Judge Cote will have to write her decision. The best estimate I’ve heard for how long she’ll need is three weeks, give or take a week.”

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8 Comments

  1. She has to word it such that she covers her lower backside, since this is obviously an attempt to extort money from Apple and squash any more competition to Amazon.

    You want to see book prices really go up? Take Apple out of the competition by making it legally impossible for them to keep skin in the game.

    This should have been thrown out of court long before it saw the light of day. Unless of course, we really are living in “1984”.

  2. Classic comment from he NYT

    Throughout the testimony, Apple’s presentation of e-mails and evidence was notably smooth compared with the government’s. Both parties showed their evidence on a projector screen. A member of Apple’s legal team was using a MacBook to artfully shuffle between evidence documents, stacking them side by side in split screens and zooming in on specific paragraphs when needed.

    In contrast, the Justice Department’s lawyers could show only one piece of evidence at a time on the screen. One video that Mr. Buterman played as evidence failed to produce the audio commentary needed to make his point. Judge Denise L. Cote of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York provided some comic relief when she asked whether the government lawyers were using a Mac. The Justice Department said it was a Hewlett-Packard computer.

  3. All in all I think the DOJ has proven on it’s own that Apple did absolutely nothing wrong. There big evidence was easily shot down every time by Apple’s legal team. The people who testified proved even more that Apple was simply doing its business like everyone else. The judge I think will only need a day at most to easily decide Apple as NOT GUILTY of any wrong doing in this case.

    1. I agree, but remember that Judge Cole made the statement before hand that Apple was likely to lose. Now she needs to word a closure that covers her back side.

      And given the “justice” dept and other government groups these days, I would suggest that she finds for the DOJ and the case has to go to the supreme court.

      Sadly.

  4. Apple is right. How ever, DOJ can’t be seem losing a case like this. They need to show they are the ultimate power, they decide. So the government will probably force their will upon Apple. They didn’t bring this case to let te judge decide if they are guilty. The DOJ already thinks Apple is guilty. Trail is just standard procedure.

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