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US: Final e-book publisher settles, Apple is next target for DOJ

 |  February 8, 2013

The US Department of Justice has announced it has reached a settlement with the final e-book publishing firm accused of price-fixing its e-Books and colluding with Apple. The firm apparently agreed to “immediately” stop restrictions on discounting its e-books by retailers like Amazon; its business practices will also be under watch according to the agreement. Macmillan has reportedly reached a settlement agreement along with Penguin Group, Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. According to an official statement by the DOJ, the authority will now pursue a case against Apple concerning the matter, with a trial scheduled to begin in June of this year.


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