Federal judge approves class action status in Apple ebook price fixing case

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote granted class action status to a lawsuit that accuses Apple of conspiring with publishers to fix eBook prices, reports Reuters. Cote has not assigned damages in the case, but experts believe it could climb into hundreds of millions of dollars.

Cote said in her ruling that the plaintiffs had “more than met their burden” to sue as a group. She rejected Apple’s assertions that the plaintiff’s claims were too diverse for the group to be considered for class status. She also disagreed with the company’s arguments that consumers were not harmed as some eBook prices fell, a claim that Apple also pushed while defending itself in an earlier suit filed by the US Department of Justice .

Apple is facing both the consumer class action suit noted above and a separate civil suit involving 33 states and U.S. territories that sued Apple on behalf of their consumers. Damages have not been awarded in the latter case, but they may exceed more than $800 million.

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  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    soon enough Apple EU, (apple ireland) may face another lawsuit with
    the Union Magistrates and this time for tax evasion. Import/export
    tax that have not been paid while importing End User License for Apps (NOT even through a Volume Licensing Program for their EU stores)


  • iPhone1604

    This is under the couch money! Sad thing is Apple should have never have gotten in the book business.

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    @iPhone1604:disqus . i believe Apple “should have never have gotten ” in the software publishing/distribution business and including books. (software)
    that is more Microsoft Corp. area of expertise whereas Apple has know-how for Hardware “design” only and for “specific technical software” design, (eventually)