US Says Apple Fixed E-Book Prices As Trial Begins

Law360, New York (June 3, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT) -- Before launching its iBookstore, Apple Inc. conspired with U.S. publishers to set increased prices on e-books to combat aggressive pricing on Inc.'s Kindle e-reader, government attorneys told a New York judge on Monday to open a highly anticipated antitrust trial. 

In opening statements, U.S. Department of Justice attorneys laid out the government's case against the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer giant, alleging Apple colluded with five publishing houses to fix e-book prices in the weeks leading up to the unveiling of the iPad in 2010. The scheme...
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