You paid too much for these books. Apple The US Department of Justice has won its antitrust case against Apple, with District Judge Denise Cote today ruling that “Apple conspired to restrain trade” by leading a conspiracy to raise e-book prices above the low prices charged by Amazon. “The Plaintiffs have shown that the Publisher Defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise e-book prices, and that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing that conspiracy,” Cote wrote in her decision. “Without Apple’s orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did in the Spring of 2010.” Just how Apple will be punished is yet to be determined.
The plaintiffs “are entitled to injunctive relief,” Cote wrote. “A trial on damages will follow.”