Apple Looks to Block Ebook Settlement

Aug 20, 2012


The Department of Justice's ongoing lawsuit against Apple and a number of book publishers for allegedly conspiring to increase ebook prices is taking another tun. According to The Daily Examiner, Apple has filed to block the settlement the DOJ reached with HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette back in May.

Part of the settlement agreement required the three publishers to terminate their contracts with Apple, which Apple feels is unfair and punishes the company without a trial. The company believes this move would not be in the public's best interest. Apple and two publishers, MacMillan and Penguin, are still battling charges levied against them in court.


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