“Apple is pulling out all the stops in its bid to overturn a ruling that it fixed ebook prices,” Jeff John Roberts reports for Fortune. “n a new filing to the Supreme Court, the company insists the federal government and a lower court made a crucial legal error, and warns the result could be a ‘long shadow’ on the digital economy.”
“After losing in the lower courts, Apple AAPL 0.29% is slated to pay a $450 million penalty under a settlement with class action lawyers—unless the Supreme Court steps in and reverses the case,” Roberts reports. “Apple initially petitioned the top court in October.”
“Apple’s latest argument, which it put before the Supreme Court on Friday, is pretty technical but it boils down to this: even if Apple did participate in the publishers’ conspiracy, the lower court should not have found the company to be automatically liable,” Roberts reports. “The reason is that Apple was not part of a horizontal conspiracy involving competitors, but instead was part of a vertical agreement involving suppliers. The federal government’s own submission to the Supreme Court is wrong, Apple says, because it makes the legal mistake of classifying Apple as a horizontal competitor.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The federal government is wrong? Shocker.
This absolute fiasco was caused by an incompetent DOJ and a complicit, blank-eyed federal puppet. Apple is right to fight this travesty to the very, hopefully righteous, end.
Correct this travesty, U.S. Supreme Court!
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