Publishers Call DOJ's E-Book Price Fixing Claims 'Innuendo'

Law360, New York (May 30, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT) -- Two publishers fired back Tuesday against the U.S. Department of Justice's claims they colluded with Apple Inc. to fix electronic book prices, blasting the government's suit as “innuendo” and telling a New York federal judge the distribution model they used was pro-competitive.

Penguin Group and Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC, which does business as Macmillan, filed answers to the DOJ's complaint, denying that they participated in a conspiracy to set prices on e-books in the run-up to Apple's 2010 launch of the iBookstore.

“Absent any direct evidence of...
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