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Apple to appeal e-book case ruling, maintains innocence

updated 12:46 pm EDT, Wed July 10, 2013

Planned grounds for appeal yet to be disclosed

Apple will appeal today's judgment against it in a trial over e-book price fixing, says spokesman Tom Neumayr. "Apple did not conspire to fix e-book pricing and we will continue to fight against these false accusations," he adds. "We've done nothing wrong."

The company is accused of conspiring with publishers to undermine Amazon, which prior to the launch of the Apple iBookstore was (typically) selling e-books at a price of $10. After the publishers signed iBookstore deals and switched to an agency model, industry e-book prices rose to about $13 to $15. All of the implicated publishers settled before they could be brought to trial.

Neumayr hasn't hinted at the grounds Apple might use for its appeal. During the trial Apple maintained that it didn't care what prices publishers used at the iBookstore, but this position may have been sabotaged by things like emails from former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, which suggested target e-book prices and referred to Amazon.

by MacNN Staff



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