U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers: Justice Department Threatens Lawsuits, Alleging Collusion Over E-Book Pricing

Posted in: Legal & Security at 09/03/2012 16:52

Apple persuaded publishers to change how they price their e-books before the late Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in 2010.

Several of the parties have held talks to settle the antitrust case and head off a potentially damaging court battle, these people said. If successful, such a settlement could have wide-ranging repercussions for the industry, potentially leading to cheaper e-books for consumers. However, not every publisher is in settlement discussions.

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Publishers warned on ebook prices
Five US publishers are being threatened with legal action over the way they set prices for electronic books, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the five had conspired to raise the prices of ebooks.

Also included in the legal threat is electronics firm Apple because of its role in the way ebooks are priced.

The threat comes as the publishers negotiate with the DoJ about the pricing model for electronic books.

Government Pressuring Publishers to Adjust Pricing Policy on E-Books
The Justice Department, after months of investigation of pricing collusion between Apple and electronic book publishers, is talking with publishing companies about potential settlements and has been threatening a lawsuit, people close to the investigation said on Thursday.

Antitrust officials have been looking into whether Apple and five publishing companies agreed to work together to raise the price of electronic books.

U.S. Justice Department may sue Apple
The U.S. Justice Department has warned Apple and five major U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them, accusing them of colluding to raise the prices of electronic books, a person familiar with the probe said on Thursday.

Several parties have held talks to settle the potential antitrust case, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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