Apple faces another setback in ebooks price-fixing case

Apple faces another setback in ebooks price-fixing case

Apple’s appeal against a 2013 ruling the ebook price-fixing case has been rejected by federal appeals court. Apple’s appeal was turned down in 2-1 ruling from the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.

Apple was found guilty of conspiring with top five publishers, Harper Collins, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and Macmillan, in fixing the price of ebooks and overcharging the consumers. Apple has already agreed to pay $450 million in fines to settle the lawsuit.

Apple reached an out-of-court settlement last year to end the lawsuit. After the judgment, Apple said, "Apple did not conspire to fix e-book pricing and this ruling does nothing to change the facts. We know we did nothing wrong back in 2010 and are assessing next steps."

The appeals court has ruled that Apple can appeal to the Supreme Court.

"By organizing a price-fixing conspiracy, Apple found an easy path to opening its iBookstore, but it did so by ensuring that market-wide e-book prices would rise to a level that it, and the Publisher Defendants, had jointly agreed upon," Judge Debra Ann Livingston wrote in the court's decision.

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