Amazon, Publishers Ask Court To Ax E-Book Price-Fix Suit

By Hailey Konnath (September 20, 2021, 8:58 PM EDT) -- Amazon and the country's five largest book publishers have urged a New York federal court to throw out a proposed class action accusing them of secretly fixing digital book prices, slamming the allegations as "an illogical conspiracy" that lacks credibility and any factual allegations.

Amazon and the "big five" publishers — HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan — tore into the e-book purchasers' suit in a pair of motions to dismiss filed Friday. The proposed class of e-book purchasers claim that Amazon schemed with the publishers on price restraints that caused customers to overpay...

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