Amazon, Publishers Dodge Bookstores' E-Book Antitrust Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (December 9, 2013, 7:58 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Friday tossed a putative antitrust class action alleging Amazon.com Inc. conspired with the six largest book publishers to monopolize the e-book market and prevent competitors from undercutting their prices, ruling the plaintiffs couldn’t back up their claims with evidence.

U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff rejected the three independent bookstores’ allegations that Amazon violated the Sherman Act by preventing its Kindle e-reader, the most popular in the market, from displaying books bought outside Amazon’s store. The suit also claimed the...
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