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US: Apple presses Supreme Court to hear Ebooks antitrust appeal

 |  January 24, 2016

Firing back at the Department of Justice, Apple says its decision to enter the ebook market had “tremendous procompetitive effects,” resulting in benefits like an increase in digital book sales.

The company makes that argument in new court papers, filed as part of a bid to appeal its antitrust defeat to the US Supreme Court. Late last month, the Justice Department urged the Supreme Court to reject the case on the grounds that the verdict against Apple was “supported by overwhelming evidence.”

The legal battle between Apple and the Justice Department dates to 2012, when federal and state prosecutors accused Apple and five publishers — Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster — with conspiring to end Amazon’s policy of charging $9.99 for electronic versions of new releases and bestsellers.

Full content: Lawyer Herald

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