Ohio State Bookstore Accuses Publishers Of Monopoly Threats

Law360, Los Angeles (December 19, 2012, 6:52 PM EST) -- An Ohio State University bookstore hit textbook publishing companies Cengage Learning Inc. and Pearson Education Inc. with a federal antitrust lawsuit Tuesday, saying the publishers used monopoly power to allege unspecified copyright violations and demand improper payoffs for access to textbooks.

The lawsuit, brought by Book Dog Books and online retailer SPL Management LLC in Ohio federal court, raises allegations that the publishers are using the university bookstores' winter semester to extract unearned payments by withholding access to textbooks at a time when it's most crucial....
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