E-Book MDL Arbitration Would Trample On Rights, Judge Says

Law360, New York (June 28, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Wednesday rejected Penguin Group Inc.'s move to compel arbitration for a subset of a putative class accusing Penguin, other publishers and Apple Inc. of fixing prices for electronic books, saying arbitration prevents the proposed class from asserting their federal rights.

Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York denied Penguin's motion to stay the proceedings and force arbitration of Sherman Act claims for proposed class members who bought e-books through Amazon.com Inc. and Barnes & Noble Inc. and...
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