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Apple E-Books Judge: US Can Show Pricing Conspiracy

Thursday, 23 May 2013 06:50 PM

The U.S. has evidence that will show Apple Inc. participated in a conspiracy to raise the prices of electronic books, the judge overseeing the government's civil antitrust case against the company said Thursday.

"I believe that the government will be able to show at trial direct evidence that Apple knowingly participated in and facilitated a conspiracy to raise prices of e-books, and that the circumstantial evidence in this case, including the terms of the agreements, will confirm that," U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said.

Cote is overseeing claims by the Justice Department and a group of states that Apple conspired with publishers to raise the price of e-books to undermine Amazon.com Inc.'s dominance of the market. Cote made the remarks in what was to be the last court conference before a June 3 trial, which may take three weeks.

She stressed that her view of the case is tentative before she has heard testimony and argument from the parties' lawyers.

"We strongly disagree with the court's preliminary statements about the case today," Orin Snyder, Apple’s lead lawyer in the case, said in an e-mailed statement. "The court made clear that this was not a final ruling and that the evidence at trial will determine the verdict. This is what a trial is for."

He said the "evidence will show that Apple benefited consumers by injecting much-needed competition and innovation into an emerging market."

The case is U.S. v. Apple Inc., 12-cv-02826, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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