Friday, June 22, 2012

U.S. eBook price-fixing trial set for June 2013; Apple and publishers still have issues

Reuters reports that Judge Denise Cote has set June 3, 2013 as the the start date for the U.S. eBook price-fixing trial against Apple, Macmillan and Penguin. According to another report from the Associated Press, the Department of Justice has asked the judge for permission to continue gathering evidence for the case until March of 2013, but Apple wants the DOJ to wrap up its discovery by the end of 2012. (Apparently, the publishers are siding with the DOJ on this issue, not Apple.)

A third report from CNET News says that the three publishers that are in the process of settling with the DOJ--Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster--are asking to be treated as "non parties" to the lawsuit, so that they won't be required to provide discovery in the case unless a party provides "good cause." The DOJ says that the publishers aren't entitled to "special treatment" because there was no allowance for it in their settlement agreement, the companies are likely to be "sources of highly relevant evidence," and they've turned over documents to European investigators that they haven't turned over to the DOJ.
Enhanced by Zemanta
Post a Comment