Judge Cote: Apple Did Conspire to Raise E-Book Prices
July 10, 2013 | 12:51 pm
By Juli Monroe
Judge Denise Cote has ruled on the Apple e-book case. And the verdict?
“The plaintiffs have shown that the publisher defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise e-book prices, and that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing that conspiracy,” Cote said.
“Without Apple’s orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did in the spring of 2010,” she added.
So Apple lost their case, which does raise the question of why they decided to fight it. When all the publishers settled, it would be fairly logical to assume that Apple would have followed.
We’re not yet done with trials, however. The judge has said the states and U.S. government are entitled to injunctive relief. Which raises the next question: In the end, what exactly is this going to cost Apple?
Not surprisingly, Apple hasn’t yet responded to requests for comments. And yet I doubt we’ll hear anything exciting when—or if—they do. I also expect to see an appeal of this decision; I suspect we’re still far from a resolution.
Anyone else feeling just a bit disappointed, and that this is all kind of anti-climactic?