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Apple Accused by US Department of Justice of Violating Antitrust Laws

Apparently, Apple is keeping its teams of lawyers extremely busy, with the legal wars the company is involved in around the world.

Apart from crossing swords with powerful rivals, Apple stepped on the US Government toes with dubious eBook pricing policy. According to the Wall Street Journal, the US Department of Justice investigated for months the eBook pricing strategy of Apple - and other top publishers such as Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and Macmillan.

Currently Apple has signed partnerships with the publishers to sell eBooks through the iBookstore for a significant fee. Moreover, the deals signed between Apple and publishers prevent other eBook retailers to sell below Apple's price.

The situation is, according to the US Government, in clear violation of the antitrust legislations and Apple has been warned to address this problem.

A while ago, the UK Office of Fair Trading started a similar investigation on eBook pricing.

At the beginning of this February, the UK authority explained that is it looking into "into whether arrangements that certain publishers have put in place with some retailers for the sale of ebooks may breach competition rules."

The investigation is still on going and no brands have been tied to the matter, with certainty.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.