Apple Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Guilty Verdict in E-Books Antitrust Case

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    Apple is asking the United States Supreme Court to overturn the 2013 U.S. Appellate Court ruling that found the company guilty of conspiring with publishers to inflate the prices of e-books, reports Reuters.

    Apple's petition comes following the loss of a June appeal where the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the guilty verdict and maintained Apple violated antitrust laws and colluded with five publishers - HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, and Penguin - to fix e-book prices and unreasonably restrain trade.
    Should the U.S. Supreme Court uphold the lower court's verdict, Apple will be forced to pay $450 million as part of a settlement with class action lawyers and state district attorneys, with $400 million of that amount earmarked for consumers. Apple reached the settlement in June of 2014 to avoid a lengthy damages trial, but the payout hinged on the outcome of the company's appeal.

    Though Apple was found guilty, the company has maintained its innocence throughout the dispute. In its appeal, Apple said its efforts "kick-started competition" to deliver "higher output, lower price levels, and accelerated innovation."

    Article Link: Apple Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Guilty Verdict in E-Books Antitrust Case
     
  2. Popeye206 macrumors 68040

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    Here comes all the arm-chair lawyers with their input! :rolleyes:
     
  3. thasan macrumors 65816

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    I never understood how apple got into trouble but Amazon got away with it screwing publishers and ultimately strangling the market..
     
  4. thasan macrumors 65816

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    Hahaha
    I just requested for comments :D
     
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    Oh, has judge Koh moved up to the Supreme Court now then?

    You lost Apple, deal with it.
     
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    That's what they're doing: they're appealing.
     
  8. LordVic macrumors 603

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    I agree.

    not that I want Apple to "get away" with it and to win their appeal

    But Amazon needs to be held to the same legal standards.
     
  9. 69Mustang macrumors 604

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    How exactly did Amazon screw the publishers?
     
  10. theheadguy macrumors 65816

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    Queue the whiny "lawyers are the only winners" comments.
     
  11. FieldingMellish Suspended

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    If I get charged with running a red light, can I revisit the case and ask that my conviction be overturned?
     
  12. LordVic macrumors 603

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    actually... yes.
     
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    I've never understood how Apple was found guilty for this when the same ebook was the same price in the Google Play Book store.
     
  14. thasan macrumors 65816

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    Price? They are so big they can demand any price and publishers had little choice.. Isn't it?. Much like the British supermarkets doing to the milk producers in U.K. ..
     
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    It was the same price because Apple struck a price fixing deal with the major book publishers, which is what the lawsuit was about - breaking up the price monopoly. I was an early adopter in reading ebooks and I noticed a sharp spike in book prices after Apple's deal.
     
  16. LordVic macrumors 603

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    Amazon has been accused in the past of a few things. From Predatory pricing in order to drive other business out of the market to essentially holding publishers "hostage" by refusing to sell their materials without agreeing to their heavily Amazon sided contracts, abusing their near digital monopoly on e-book sales.
     
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    Hope the SCOTUS decides not to hear this.
    This topic has already wasted enough court time.
     
  18. thasan macrumors 65816

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    Hahaha. This is funny :))
     
  19. 69Mustang macrumors 604

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    That's not what happened at all. Not even close.
     
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    Yes you could, and if you show up in court and are still found guilty you could appeal it although the cost of the lawyers to do so would likely be more than the cost of just paying the ticket and you wouldn't have the best odds of getting it overturned on appeal.
     
  21. thasan macrumors 65816

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    thabks. Much better than my lame answer :)
     
  22. LordVic macrumors 603

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    same answer, i'll accept it :p
     
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    Yes. With the right lawyer you can.
     
  24. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3

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    Something like 99% of cases sent to the Supreme Court simply get declined... I think Psystar was a bigger deal than this is (the company that was selling PCs with OS X preinstalled) but they got declined by the Supreme Court... I seriously doubt the Supreme Court will bother with this.
     
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    All I see is great business for the lawyers...:confused:
     

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