“Five of the largest U.S. publishers objected to tough new restrictions sought by the U.S. government against Apple Inc for illegally conspiring to raise e-book prices,” Nate Raymond reports for Reuters.
“In a motion filed on Wednesday in U.S. district court in Manhattan, the publishers said a proposed final order in the case would effectively prevent Apple from entering agreements that limit its ability to discount books,” Raymond reports. “The publishers said provisions proposed by the U.S. Justice Department would instead punish the publishers, which had already reached settlements with the federal government and dozens of states, paying $166 million to benefit consumers.”
Raymond reports, “The motion came ahead of a Friday hearing on whether the court should adopt remedies proposed by the Justice Department and 33 U.S. states and territories after a ruling last month by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote that Apple conspired with the publishers.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The DOJ’s bizarre movement to aid and abet e-book monopolist Amazon should be subject to Congressional investigation.
Cote’s flawed decision should be overturned on appeal.
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