Apple on Monday heads to court yet again, this time to appeal a court ruling that found it guilty of conspiring to fix the prices on eBooks. Judge Denise Cote ruled in July, 2013 that Apple worked with eBook publishers to fix prices in its favor. The company filed an appeal in Oct. 2013 and will settle for about $450 million if the appeal is denied.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the court will now decide whether Apple’s intentions were purely a move to better position itself in the eBook market, or whether it was actually an intentional crime in an effort to prevent competitors such as Amazon.com from competing at the same prices. Evidence includes e-mails from Steve Jobs, in which the late Apple CEO suggests that eBooks wouldn’t be successful if priced above $9.99.
Other firms accused of participating in the price fixing, including, Barnes & Noble, Macmillan, Penguin Group, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers and Simon & Schuster, settled early, but Apple has maintained its innocence. That’s why the company filed this appeal, and we’ll see what the court rules this time.