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Judge turns down Apple request to suspend e-book trial ruling

updated 06:00 pm EDT, Fri August 9, 2013

Would've given Apple time to appeal DoJ penalties

Judge Denise Cote has denied an Apple request to temporarily stay her ruling stemming from a trial over e-book price fixing, the Associated Press reports. Had the stay gone through, it would've given Apple time to appeal settlement terms proposed by the US Department of Justice. In July, Cote found that Apple had conspired with five major book publishers -- Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster -- to artificially inflate e-book prices and undermine Amazon, which in 2009 was selling Kindle titles at a standard price of just $10.

No other details are available so far.

Apple has previously called the Doj's terms "draconian and punitive." The company may not only have to allow links to rival bookstores within apps, but cancel current iBookstore deals with the implicated publishers, and obey a five-year moratorium on new ones. It may even have to avoid agreements with providers of music, movies, TV and other content "that are likely to increase the prices at which Apple's competitor retailers may sell that content."

by MacNN Staff



  1. TheGreatButcher

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 06-11-00

    It seems like she's been biased against Apple's side from the get go. Maybe the appeals court will see impropriety on her part.

  1. apostle

    Junior Member

    Joined: 04-16-08

    The DOJ Lawyers are Amazon employees, which kind of tips the scales.

    Denise Cote is 67. Age may be affecting her ability to reason.

  1. aristotles

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: 07-16-04

    The Judge is 67? Retirement age is 65. Time to retire judge.

  1. glideslope

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: 03-15-02

    Denise Cote is about as flawed as you can get. Her history contains nothing of substance. Her bias against Apple will reveal itself during appeal based on the numerous inappropriate comments made by her toward Apple. She is clearly unable to Interpret Law from the Bench.

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