U.S. states claim Apple owes them $840 million over e-books

“Apple Inc. (AAPL) faces as much as $840 million in state and consumer antitrust claims related to electronic-book deals with publishers that led to a U.S. lawsuit and court-ordered monitor,” Patricia Hurtado and Christie Smythe report for Bloomberg.

“State attorneys general and consumers who sued the world’s most valuable technology company over its e-book pricing are seeking $280 million in damages and want that amount tripled, a lawyer for them said in a filing yesterday with the federal judge in Manhattan who presided over the U.S. case against Apple,” Hurtado and Smythe report. “The plaintiffs say they’re entitled to triple damages under antitrust law because the U.S. had already ‘conclusively proven’ at a trial last year that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy to fix prices. The amount sought is 0.5 percent of the $158.8 billion in cash that the Cupertino, California-based company reported that it had as of the end of 2013.”

“U.S. District Judge Denise Cote concluded in July after a nonjury trial that Apple orchestrated a scheme with publishers to fix the prices of e-books. Cote also found Apple liable to 33 states that joined the U.S. Justice Department in its suit,” Hurtado and Smythe report. “Cote said she will hold a trial this year on the damages sought by the states… The plaintiffs yesterday asked Cote to issue a ruling before the damages trial ordering the $280 million penalty to be tripled, based on her conclusions in the government case. ‘The three cases pending before this court allege the same conspiracy, by the same conspirators, with the same goals, methods, and effects,’ Steven Berman, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, wrote.”

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Lady Elaine Fairchilde (left), Judge Denise Cote (right),or vice versa
Lady Elaine Fairchilde (left), Judge Denise Cote (right), or vice versa

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29 Comments

  1. This will be the shortest damages trial in history.
    In Cotes feeble mind, Apple’s offending has been wilful and unrepentant. She can’t seem to get it her thick head, you can’t be remorseful (essentially admitting guilt) if you are appealing the case.
    So far she has given the DoJ everything they have wanted.
    Triple damages is a given. The Apple lawyers might as well not even turn up. In fact that is what they should do, in protest of this bitch’s obvious bias.

    Below is the best summary of the case I have read so far, showing the glaringly obvious problems with the verdict.

    http://www.macnn.com/articles/14/02/01/prosecutors.claim.triple.damages.under.antitrust.law.based.on.non.jury.trial/
    This quote from the article sums up judge Cote in a nutshell.
    “Judge Cote has a reputation (far preceding her involvement in the Apple e-book trial) for pre-judging the cases before her and tailoring her ruling to fit the predetermined conclusion, regardless of evidence introduced during the trial.

  2. Mmmm turning out to be the circus, uh farce uh trial of the century, and the century is relatively just beginning.
    Man someone is going to end up with stinky fingers. I hope koh Cote is a good licker.

  3. I still don’t understand how one ‘judge’ can decide all this on her own and not be done through a jury of some sort.

    The fact that she is bias towards Apple is evidently clear. I hope Apple’s appeal is upheld.

    Even if the States’ lawsuit is won, Apple will just appeal it and it’ll be years before anyone see ANY money.

    Besides, if the consumers are hurt, then the ‘triple’ damages should be given back to the people and NOT to the States.

    How were they affected?

    1. Whoever at the DOJ called the shot in the beginning obviously kept pulling the strings. The denial of justice has gotten ridiculous. I mean, DOJ ordering judges to pass X verdicts and deny motions? Independence really went down the shtter in the US.

  4. The legal system in the US is broken. Crazy. I think the whole case is mad. Amazon imposes a price on publishers and that is fairer than letting publishers chose their own price? Greedy opportunists.

  5. So the federal Gvt. and each State can sue for the same alleged damage? By this logic, then next will be each City, then Street, then home can sue for the same alleged damage.

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