Publishers and Apple sued in Canada for price fixing
April 19, 2012 | 9:11 am
By Paul Biba
From Shelf Awareness:
Close on the heels of last week’s U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit, a Vancouver law firm has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court, alleging that Apple and a number of publishers engaged in a “conspiracy” to lessen competition and “fix, maintain, increase or control the prices of e-books.” The Toronto Globe & Mail reported that it “is the most recent of at least five such suits filed recently in courts in Ontario, Quebec and B.C.”
Targeted publishers for the Canadian actions include Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Simon & Schuster and their Canadian subsidiaries.
“The U.S. case isn’t going to cover Canadian consumers. So it’s the same underlying facts, it’s the same consumer protection agenda, but it is for different consumers in a different country,” said lawyer Reidar Mogerman, who filed the suit last week on behalf of plaintiff Denise E. McCabe, “a non-practicing Kamloops lawyer who has purchased a ‘significant’ number of e-books,” the Globe & Mail wrote.