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Apple fights back against e-book price-fixing guilty ruling

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by Stephanie Mlot, 07 Oct 2013News
Apple fights back against e-book price-fixing guilty ruling

Apple is not going down without a fight. The company has formally appealed a July decision that found it guilty of e-book price-fixing.

Earlier this summer, Apple was found guilty of colluding with top publishers to fix the price of e-books to battle its top rival, Amazon. After some back and forth over how the Cupertino-based firm should be punished, Judge Denise Cote last month issued an injunction that prohibited Apple from entering into future price-fixing agreements with publishers.

Apple's notice of appeal, as reported by GigaOM, was filed with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals this week, though it is not required to submit formal arguments until early 2014.

As GigaOM pointed out, the company is likely to reiterate some of the points it made in an August letter that asked the court to throw out a revised DOJ settlement proposal, based on the court's exclusion of crucial evidence from Google and Amazon witnesses.

This case dates back to April 2012, when the Department of Justice sued Apple and five publishers — Macmillan, Penguin, Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster — over an alleged "illegal conspiracy" involving e-book price fixing.

The publishers each settled with the government, but Apple fought back and the case went to court in June.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A trial for damages, estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars, is scheduled for May 2014, according to CNET.

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