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Apple Files Appeal in eBook Price Fixing Lawsuit

by Todd Haselton | October 4, 2013October 4, 2013 3:30 pm PDT

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Apple has officially filed an appeal against a July ruling that found it guilty of working to fix the prices of eBooks. The court found that Apple had worked with other companies and major publishers to try to purposefully increase the price of eBooks from about $9.99 each to $12.99 per book, in an effort to generate more revenue from consumers.  The Department of Justice dialed back its punishment against Apple in August, though the company wants to prove it never did anything wrong.

“Apple did not conspire to fix ebook pricing and we will continue to fight against these false accusations,” the company said at the time of the ruling. “When we introduced the iBookstore in 2010, we gave customers more choice, injecting much needed innovation and competition into the market, breaking Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. We’ve done nothing wrong and we will appeal the judge’s decision.”

Several other companies settled lawsuits early, though Apple has held out stating its innocence. It will again be up to the courts to decide just how innocent the company was, though e-mails from Steve Jobs, that seem to suggest price fixing was the right way to approach the market, may be particularly hard to fight.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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