B&N Says E-Book Deal Turns DOJ Into Publishing Watchdog

Law360, New York (June 7, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT) -- Barnes & Noble Inc. on Thursday blasted the U.S. Department of Justice's proposed settlement with publishers accused of colluding with Apple Inc. to fix electronic book prices, saying the deal would turn the DOJ into a regulator of an industry it doesn’t understand.

In a filing in New York federal court, attorneys for the bookseller argue that the proposed deal would regulate the terms of publishers’ agency contracts for two years, force publishers to put a stop to their current agency agreements and then bar those...
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