Apple fails to block ebooks antitrust monitor

Apple fails to block ebooks antitrust monitor

Summary: Apple has failed to block a compliance monitor designated to it after a judge found the company guilty of fixing the prices of ebooks.

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Apple has lost its battle to block an antitrust compliance monitor aimed at ensuring that it does not fix ebook prices.

According to Reuters, US District Judge Denise Cote denied Apple's request to remove the order. Apple intends to appeal the denial.

Apple has taken issue with the compliance monitor, former US Justice Department inspector general Michael Bromwich. The company argued against Bromwich's interviewing of company leaders and his $1,100 per hour fee, but Cote said that Apple is not in a position to define how Bromwich carries out the role.

According to Bloomberg, Cote also pointed out that the very law firm that Apple uses, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, has hourly billing rates of $1,800 an hour.

In July last year, Cote found that Apple had colluded with five publishers in order to raise the price of ebooks. Some books, sold on Amazon for $9.99 had their prices raised to $12.99 or $14.99 as a result of back-room discussions.

Those involved with Apple were Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, News Corp's HarperCollins, Pearson, Penguin Group, and Simon & Schuster (which is owned by CBS, the parent company of ZDNet), which all settled with the US government.

Cotes said at the time that without Apple's "orchestration of this conspiracy", the price fixing would not have succeeded.

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  • Ha Ha!

    I guess she told Apple off!
    babyboomer57
    • Of course, she did. This monitor guy is her old crony, and they, along with

      ... their buddies from DoJ are going have big cash-in party once they retire -- accepting "consultant" positions in lobbying law firms through which Amazons funnels bribes to protects its monopoly.
      DDERSSS
  • great, but Apple should be regulated more because of:

    great, but Apple should be regulated more because of many rotten things:


    "
    Steve Jobs: "We are shameless about stealing"

    Apple censors your personal emails

    Because of the trust Apple+Microsoft+Adobe you have to pay more for IT in Australia.

    Apple is a company you CAN NOT trust a word, confirmed by a judge: U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal says court cannot believe Apple in privacy case.

    Don't trust Apple, Verizon with your data, says EFF's privacy report.

    EU regulators examining Apple's contracts with European carriers

    Italy fines Apple $1.2 million over AppleCare practices.

    Belgian consumer group files complaint against Apple over AppleCare warranty practices.

    Patent war goes nuclear: Microsoft, Apple-owned “Rockstar” sues Google

    "

    It is a very rotten company
    Jiří Pavelec
    • Apple does not censor your personal electronic mails, this is made-up claim

      Also, the "stealing" this is tired, because you fanatics intentionally lie about the essence what the quote is about. In "Goog artist copy, great artist steal" quote the literal IP theft is copying, and by "stealing" Jobs meant being inspired by an idea, and coming up with your own, better version of it.

      So you completely upside-down what Jobs was saying to manipulate clueless readers.
      DDERSSS
    • The iFUD is strong with this one

      Point by point:

      "Steve Jobs: "We are shameless about stealing""

      Yes he said that. And? It is/was a refreshing bit of honesty - all the tech companies steal from one another. Microsoft stole the code to Apple's Lisa OS (the original Macintosh OS) which incorporated tech Apple licensed from Xerox. Google stole design ideas for Android from Apple - prior to the success of the original iPhone the Android UI resembled the BB OS.

      "Apple censors your personal emails"

      Do you have proof of this? I ask because I've used Apple iOS devices for years and at one time used pre OSX Macs and I've NEVER had any of my personal emails or texts censored. Cough up some links.

      "Because of the trust Apple+Microsoft+Adobe you have to pay more for IT in Australia."

      Blame that one on the Australian government and their import taxes. Next.

      "Apple is a company you CAN NOT trust a word, confirmed by a judge: U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal says court cannot believe Apple in privacy case."

      Sure because some judge somewhere said it it's gotta be true. Again, links please.

      "Don't trust Apple, Verizon with your data, says EFF's privacy report."

      Why? And yet again, no links to prove your statements.

      "EU regulators examining Apple's contracts with European carriers"

      And? Isn't that their job? And aren't they also examining other companies contracts with European carriers? Come on dude, cough up something other than inflamatory headlines.

      "Italy fines Apple $1.2 million over AppleCare practices."

      And yet again no links or proof, just more sensationalized headlines that might not even exist.

      "Belgian consumer group files complaint against Apple over AppleCare warranty practices."

      Wow, yet again...

      "Patent war goes nuclear: Microsoft, Apple-owned “Rockstar” sues Google"

      Apple owns Rockstar? And WHICH Rockstar? Rockstar Games? Nope. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockstar_Games. Rockstar Drinks? Nope. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockstar_(drink). Oh wait, here we go... http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/10/patent-war-goes-nuclear-microsoft-apple-owned-rockstar-sues-google/. Got it. So Rockstar is a consortium of companies which includes Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Ericson, and Sony... and they sued Google for patent infringement. Imagine that, Google stealing something. I'd guarantee if Google had wont he bidding war they'd be suing everyone else who used those same patents.

      Next time iHater, post some links so we can follow the logic - IOW prove your points.
      athynz
  • Oh please,

    Those publishing companies have fixed prices on textbooks for years before Apple ever came on the scene - this was a suit brought by Amazon when they were cut of out the price fixing pie.
    athynz