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Authors United to ask Department of Justice for Amazon antitrust inquiry

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

So, Authors United’s latest publicity stunt is to declare they’re asking the Department of Justice to investigate Amazon for anti-trust issues in the wake of the continuing contract dispute with Hachette. (Publishers Weekly talks about it here, linking to a paywalled Financial Times article [...]

Looking back at Michael Bromwich’s report on Apple antitrust compliance

By Chris Meadows
September 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve had much to say about the Apple antitrust suit. I’ve been a bit busy to write much for TeleRead in general, what with my new day job and things. Nate on The Digital Reader has some good coverage of the main points of interest: Apple Agrees to Pay $450 Million in [...]

iBooks to be included with every iOS 8 device; will the DoJ take notice?

By Chris Meadows
June 5, 2014 // 4 Comments

Apart from all the little features it’s swiping from Android (finally, widgets, custom keyboards, and cross-app sharing APIs!), the new iPhone OS 8 includes one little feature that Mark Coker of Smashwords believes will be a “game changer.” For the first time, iBooks will be bundled directly [...]

Department of Justice to review ASCAP, BMI consent decrees

By Chris Meadows
June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tennessean reports that the Department of Justice is opening a review of the consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI, the nation’s two largest performance rights organizations. The decrees haven’t been updated in well over a decade, and the organizations are concerned they haven’t kept [...]

Apple damages trial delayed to August 25

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the wake of Apple’s recent failure to obtain a stay on the damages trial, Andrew Albanese reports at Publishers Weekly, the trial has been postponed again, to August 25. There may not actually be a trial as such after all, however; it’s possible Cote might issue a summary judgment deciding [...]

Department of Justice asks settling publishers, ‘Done any more colluding lately?’

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Wall Street Journal reports hearing from “people familiar with the situation” that the first three publishers to settle—Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and News Corp’s own HarperCollins—have received letters of inquiry from the Department of Justice, seeking information about “any [...]

States rights to damages bode ill for Apple

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Legal developments around the Apple ebook price fixing debacle are not exactly going Cupertino’s way. Most recently, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, to no one’s great surprise, returned a negative response to Apple’s motion to dismiss the damage claims brought by 33 states of the [...]

Apple anti-trust plaintiffs want summary judgment on damages, trial to stay where it is

By Chris Meadows
March 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly has details on the plaintiffs’ latest filings in the Apple anti-trust case. In brief, the attorneys argue that Judge Cote has enough evidence to decide on Apple’s damages in summary judgment, without needing a trial. It’s already a well-established fact [...]

Apple files opening brief in e-book anti-trust trial appeal

By Chris Meadows
February 26, 2014 // 1 Comment

Ars Technica reports that Apple has filed a 75-page opening brief in its appeal of Judge Cote’s decision finding it guilty of engaging in a conspiracy with the publishers to help raise prices. The Ars article has a reasonable summary of Apple’s arguments. Fundamentally, many of them are the [...]

Judge Cote assigns anti-trust monitor mediator, warns Apple against withholding documents

By Chris Meadows
February 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Apple anti-trust affair proceeds apace. In the wake of the appeals court decision allowing the monitor’s work to go ahead, Andrew Albanese reports at Publishers Weekly, Judge Cote has assigned a magistrate judge to act as a first-line mediator to resolve any disputes between Apple and [...]

Apple antitrust plaintiffs ask for $840 million in damages

By Chris Meadows
February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Apple e-book case proceeds apace. The class plaintiffs filed a brief asking for summary judgment of damages and putting forward their estimate of the final damage to consumers as being between $231 and $280 million—18.1% of the revenue taken in from e-books during the period in question. With [...]

Macmillan Speaks…once

By Chris Meadows
January 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

I was clicking around links from my post about Steven Zacharius earlier today when I happened onto something amusing. Or, at least, amusing to me. Back in April of 2012, when John Sargent made his defiant post declaring Macmillan would not settle with the Department of Justice, he posted it via the [...]

Appeals court issues temporary stay of Apple antitrust monitorship pending hearing the appeal

By Chris Meadows
January 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals just issued a temporary stay (PDF) of the antitrust monitorship over Apple pending further review by a three-judge panel. As I understand it, this isn’t really a full victory for Apple so much as it is a standard part of the process of appeal; they’re staying [...]

Opinion filing details Judge Cote’s rationale for denying stay of Apple monitor

By Chris Meadows
January 17, 2014 // 18 Comments

Ever try to give a cat a bath? That’s the experience Judge Cote seems to be having trying to get Apple to play nice with its court-appointed antitrust monitor. She finally filed her opinion (PDF) on the decision she issued concerning Apple’s move for a stay and removal of Michael Bromwich [...]

Judge Cote denies Apple request for stay and removal of Bromwich as monitor

By Chris Meadows
January 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

Well, that went about as expected. Judge Cote made her ruling yesterday turning down Apple’s request for a stay of, and preferably the dismissal of, its court-appointed anti-trust monitor, Michael Bromwich. She hasn’t issued her opinion yet; I’ll keep checking throughout the day to see when [...]

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