Apple, DOJ Submit Closing Arguments in E-Book Price Fixing Trial

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Apple has been fighting charges from the Department of Justice alleging that the Cupertino company was the “ringmaster” in an attempt to collaborate with publishers to raise the price of e-books in the United States. Such behavior, if proven to be actually have occurred, is considered monopolistic in the U.S., which would then lead to Apple being found guilty and fined for their actions.

A report from AllThingsD summarizes the argument presented to District Judge Denise Cote by Apple’s lead counsel, Orin Snyder:

“Apple did not conspire with a single publisher to fix prices in the e-book industry,” Snyder said, arguing that the negotiations under scrutiny in this case were nothing more than “standard, lawful business activity.” And the DOJ’s claim that they were more than that, a nefarious plot over which Apple served as ringmaster, is entirely unsupported. “All of the government’s evidence is ambiguous at best,” Snyder argued, lambasting the DOJ’s case as one built on “word games and inferences.”

The ruling is expected in the next few weeks, though it’s unclear based who actually will prevail in this case. Both sides had decent evidence over one another, so the ruling will ultimately be a surprise.

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