Federal Judge Rules Apple Led Conspiracy to Raise Prices of ebooks

ebookOn July 10, 2013, U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote found that Apple violated antitrust law in helping raise the retail price of ebooks, saying the company “played a central role in facilitating and executing” a conspiracy with five big publishers ( (Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Hachette Book Group). The judge ruled that Apple is liable for civil antitrust violations. The five publishers accused of conspiring with Apple had already settled with the government in the case.

Apple said it would appeal.

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