The Department of Justice has been granted another month to prepare any opposition filings in the Supreme Court appeal of the Apple e-book anti-trust decision. Publishers Weekly reports that the deadline for responses to Apple’s filing has been moved back from December 2 to January 4. In addition to any possible briefs from the Department of Justice, both parties have consented to the filing of amicus briefs from interested parties, so those have until January 4 to get in, too.

Not a whole lot is known beyond that. As with most important legal cases, this one is crawling forward at sloth speed. It’ll be a while before we know whether the Supreme Court deigns to take up Apple’s request to have Judge Cote’s antitrust conviction overturned. If SCOTUS turns them down, then Apple will have to start disbursing the credits they’d agreed to as part of their settlement.


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