Penguin Pushes For Jury Trial On States' E-Book Claims

By Melissa Lipman (March 18, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT) -- Penguin Group USA Inc. on Friday asked not to participate in the upcoming bench trial over the federal government's claims that Apple Inc. helped publishers fix e-book prices, arguing it deserved a jury trial in its damages fight with several states.

Both suits are part of the sprawling, partially consolidated litigation over e-book pricing in New York federal court, and the U.S. Department of Justice's case against Apple and the nonsettling publishers had long been scheduled for a June trial. Penguin bowed out of that dispute in December when it reached a deal with the DOJ, but not with the states,...

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