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Apple Starts to Play Nice With the eBook Antitrust Monitor

April 15th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Antitrust, Apple → No Comments

Apple’s 60858994_b6d47d7b24[1]court-appointed ebook antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich filed a new report on Monday, detailing a marked improvement in his interactions with Apple. In the 77-page report, Bromwich says that Apple has been more cooperative in the last couple months.
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Apple Files Petition for a Stay in eBook Damages Trial

April 7th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Antitrust, Apple, lawsuit → 9 Comments

Apple tossed 163181916_b0f14b7e84[1]up another roadblock today in their ongoing fight over the antitrust lawsuit they lost last summer.

Having lost battles over the consumer lawsuit receiving class action certification and over the testimony of expert witnesses being thrown out, the electronics giant filed a new petition today a stay of all proceedings in the damages phase of the antitrust lawsuit.
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Judge Cote Certifies New Class Action Suit Against Apple, 5 Publishers

March 29th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Antitrust, Apple, lawsuit → 8 Comments

When4729801304_d50a7c1dae[1] it rains, it pours.

Hot on the heels of reports of 2 indie ebook retailers filing antitrust lawsuits against Apple and 5 publishers comes a new story of a new antitrust lawsuit. Judge Denise Cote, aka the bane of Apple’s existence, certified a new class action lawsuit on Friday against Apple and HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster.
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Defunct Indie eBook Retailer BooksOnBoard Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple, 5 Publishers

March 26th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Antitrust, BooksOnBoard → 4 Comments

BooksOnBoardbooksonboard may have abruptly gone out of business last April but that doesn’t mean it’s completely gone. Some remnant is still active, and last week it filed an antitrust lawsuit.
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Amazon Just Sent Me My Share of the eBooks Antitrust Settlement

March 25th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Agency, Antitrust → 22 Comments

It’s been2229537166_4edb2679c0_n[1] over a year since the last publisher settled the antitrust lawsuit brought by the Dept of Justice, and we’re finally starting to get our money back.
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Indie eBook Retailer Diesel eBooks Files Antitrust Lawsuit Over Agency Pricing

March 24th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Antitrust, ebookstore news → 9 Comments

Here’s a186284-1-m[1] two week old story that doesn’t seem to have gotten much attention.

Diesel eBooks, one of the lesser known (but still thriving) ebook retailers in the US, filed an antitrust lawsuit earlier this month. This retailer is alleging that it was harmed when 5 publishers conspired to bring about agency pricing. HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster are all named in the suit, with Apple as the lead defendant.
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Kobo: Ending Agency Pricing Will Kill Us

March 7th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Antitrust, canada, ebookstore news, kobo → 34 Comments

Canada’s 12697518645_c8c100ce70_m[1]Competition Bureau announced a settlement last month with 4 publishers to end agency pricing, but it looks like the process isn’t going to go as smooth as one might have expected.

Kobo has filed an objection to the consent decree, and they ask that the settlement be modified so that they are not negatively impacted by the sudden and radical change to the Canadian ebook market.
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Two Economists File Pro-Apple Brief in eBook Antitrust Case

March 6th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Antitrust, Appeal, Apple → 11 Comments

When Apple-logo[1]Apple’s ebook antitrust lawsuit went to trial last summer, some argued that Apple was merely acting in their own best interest and that the judge didn’t understand the economics of the situation. Those arguments got a little extra heft yesterday.

Two economists, including one who had previously testified for Apple as an expert witness, filed an amicus curiae brief on Wednesday. The 33 page brief (PDF) supports Apple’s appeal to overturn the verdict for the ebook antitrust case which Apple lost last year, and it presents a very different view of Apple’s motivations.
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Judge Cote Appoints Magistrate to Back up eBook Antitrust Monitor

February 20th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Antitrust, Apple → 6 Comments

Following4885241106_4223b62005_n[1] Apple losing yet another round in their ebook antitrust lawsuit earlier this month, Judge Denise Cote has seen fit to appoint a magistrate to referee Apple’s future disputes with Michael Bromwich, the court-appointed external monitor.

According to PW, Magistrate Judge Michael Dolinger is now stuck with the unenviable task of overseeing the resolution of “any disputes that arise in connection with Apple’s external monitor, subject to appeal to this Court.”
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Apple Loses Latest Bid to Stall eBook Antitrust Monitor

February 10th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Antitrust, Apple → 28 Comments

Apple’s 2351837814_1750ece1cf[1]hopes to block the court-appointed antitrust monitor were dashed today in NYC. A 3 judge appeals court panel has ruled that the monitor may continue to with his duties while Apple files their appeal.
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