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DOJ, state, and consumer attorneys fire back at Apple over antitrust monitor stay request

By Chris Meadows
January 1, 2014 // 8 Comments

Let’s ring in the new year with some news on the Apple antitrust case. Earlier this week Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly reported on a couple of matters pertaining to the case. First, Judge Cote turned down Apple’s request to have more time to depose Stanford economist Roger Noll, who was [...]

DoJ fires back at Apple over anti-trust monitor issues

By libertyc
December 16, 2013 // 10 Comments

Is Apple’s independent anti-trust monitor, Michael Bromwich, overreaching, as we reported Apple claimed last week? Not according to the Department of Justice. Andrew Albanese reports in Publishers Weekly on a recent letter to the court from the DoJ. U.S. attorney Lawrence Buterman accused Apple [...]

Apple E-Book Price-Fixing: A look back at the $9.99 boycott

By Alejandro Sanchez
August 17, 2013 // 12 Comments

Reading the latest news, it seems as if the actions taken by Apple in its earlier attempts at price fixing have always been obvious. It may come as a shock to some that this has not always been the case. The events that played out at the beginning of the post-Kindle e-book era have been tumultuous [...]

Judge Cote devises brave punishments for Apple in settlement hearing

By libertyc
August 9, 2013 // 3 Comments

Apple and the publishers had their hearing before Judge Cote today on the penalties she’s considering imposing. There was more interesting news in the run-up to it, of course. First, GigaOm reports that the Department of Justice filed a response (available here as PDF) to the publishers’ en [...]

Settling publishers object to being ‘punished again’ by proposed Apple settlement

By libertyc
August 8, 2013 // 1 Comment

The schadenfreude just keeps on getting freudier. The Wall Street Journal reports that the five publishers involved in the Apple trial have filed an objection to the Department of Justice’s proposed settlement terms for Apple. The publishers complain that the settlement terms would punish them [...]

Apple protests Department of Justice’s proposed anti-trust penalties, but does it have a case?

By libertyc
August 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’ve been taking the time to read and think about the Department of Justice’s proposed penalties for Apple in the recent anti-trust trial, and Apple’s response complaining that the penalties were too harsh and unsupported by law. There’s plenty of interesting stuff here, to be sure. For [...]

Apple to Allow Rival E-Book Retailers to Provide Direct Links to Content

By libertyc
August 2, 2013 // 5 Comments

I didn’t see this coming, although in hindsight, I should have. The DOJ and 33 state attorney generals just published their proposed remedies in the Apple price fixing case. Most of it was expected: ending existing contracts with retailers and appointing an external monitor to ensure they [...]

Why Apple is still fighting the DoJ

By libertyc
June 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

The Wall Street Journal has a look at why Apple is so persistent in fighting the Department of Justice charges after the publishers already settled. It basically comes down to not having its ability to negotiate with other media businesses hampered, not having to get rid of its “most favored [...]

Is anyone still paying attention to the DOJ/ebook antitrust case?

By Brian Howard
May 18, 2013 // 5 Comments

I guess I’d forgotten. Now that all the the publishing players have settled, abandoning agency pricing and returning to the wholesale slums, the DOJ/e-book antitrust case, which popped up again in everyone’s news feeds this week, feels a little anticlimactic. The DOJ, perhaps simply [...]

Average price of best-selling e-books on the decline

By libertyc
April 9, 2013 // 4 Comments

E-books seem to be costing consumers less money. Digital Book World tracks the prices of e-books on the best-sellers lists every week. Last week, the news site found e-books on the lists averaged more than $8 a book. After a week where a new publisher (Macmillan) allowed discounted prices, the [...]

Retailers begin discounting Macmillan e-books

By libertyc
April 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Retailers are finally discounting Macmillan-published e-books – nearly two months after it settled its Department of Justice’s price fixing case. Prices of e-books have been lowered on sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, according to Publishers Lunch. This includes books such as [...]

Morning Links: Price-fixing, the death of Google Reader, and more

By libertyc
March 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Publishers: Go Hybrid! (Future Book) DOJ Price-Fixing Case Has Generated Over 8 Million Pages of Evidence (Publisher’s Weekly) The Killing of Google Reader Highlights Risk of Relying on Single Provider (Techdirt) Self-Publishing Takes Center Stage at San Francisco Writer’s Conference [...]

Amazon Isn't Evil

By libertyc
February 21, 2013 // 20 Comments

Yes, you read that headline correctly. When the DOJ lawsuit against the publishers came out last year, it became a lot more about Amazon and their alleged monopolistic practices than it was about the publishers and their alleged collusion. Now three independent bookstores are suing Amazon and the [...]

DOJ Approves Penguin Random House Merger

By libertyc
February 14, 2013 // 2 Comments

One hurdle down. Several more to go with the EU, Canadian Competition Bureau and various other antitrust authorities around the world still needing to weigh in on this. Penguin’s settlement with the Justice Department was a move to smooth the way for this merger, and it looks like that move [...]

BREAKING: Macmillan Settles with DOJ on Price Fixing

By libertyc
February 8, 2013 // 11 Comments

Apple is now the lone hold-out. As you may recall, three publishers—Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster—immediately settled, leaving Penguin, MacMillan and Apple to fight it out in court. Penguin settled in December, probably to protect their pending merger with Random House. And [...]

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