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Hackers indicted for US Army, Xbox software theft, two plead guilty

09/30, 7:20pm

Group invaded networks, stole more than $100 million worth of software

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) released a statement today in regard to a group of hackers charged with a string of computer breaches related to the theft of software from several large game companies. More than $100 million in software was stolen as a result of their activities, including a US Army helicopter training program developed by Zombie Studios, developer of America's Army: Special Forces.

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Bipartisan bill seeks to clarify overseas data warrant requirements

09/23, 12:38pm

New bill gives information same protection as material goods under law

In the shadow of Microsoft's dispute with the US Department of Justice, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Senate Judiciary Committee member Chris Coons (D-DE) have proposed legislation to codify law enforcement access to citizen's data stored internationally. The bill, titled the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act, seeks to authorize the use of extraterritorial search warrants, but vacate said warrants if it requires parties involved to break the laws of a country to do so.

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Microsoft Ireland data warrant upheld, stay on data turnover lifted

08/30, 1:52pm

New ruling forces defiant Microsoft to hand over data held overseas

A stay giving Microsoft permission to deny a warrant ordering email release from a user whose data is stored in Ireland has been lifted by Judge Loretta Preska. As a result of the order, issued on August 29, Microsoft has until September 5 to coordinate with the US Department of Justice and inform the court how it will comply with the original court order, demanding Microsoft surrender the data. Microsoft promises to fight the order, and does not intend to hand over the data.

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State of Oregon files lawsuit against Oracle over Cover Oregon portal

08/25, 1:49pm

Promised lawsuit outlines complaints, promises made by Oracle over failed system

More than two months after Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber promised legal action against the company contracted to build the state's healthcare marketplace, the State of Oregon has sued Oracle. The Oregon Department of Justice filed a complaint last week with the Circuit Court for the State of Oregon, containing 14 claims for relief, including breach of contract, fraud and offenses under the Oregon Civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

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'Gameover Zeus' malware shuttered, Russian mastermind sought

06/03, 1:55pm

US, UK believes that shutdown may only be temporary

The US Department of Justice and the FBI, alongside with law enforcement officials in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and the Ukraine, have announced that the "Gameover Zeus" botnet, responsible for the wide distribution of the Cryptolocker ransomware package, has been at least partially disabled. US officials have seized the botnet controllers in the Ukraine and other nations, giving control to law enforcement and releasing 300,000 from the clutches of the package, possibly only temporarily.

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Cote rules against Apple again; no dismissal on states' e-book suit

04/15, 10:00pm

Judge ignores Apple argument that states have suffered no harm

For observers in Apple's battle against the US Department of Justice over alleged e-book "price fixing," it will come as no shock whatsoever that Judge Denise Cote has ruled against the company on a connected legal matter -- but the fact that she actually cited a reasoning based in law this time may surprise some. The US District Court judge has refuted Apple's filing for a dismissal in the lawsuits brought by 33 states and territories based on the DOJ case ruling.

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US DoJ, SEC strike $108M settlement with HP over foreign bribe charges

04/09, 3:39pm

Bribery by HP execs alleged in cases in Mexico, Russia, Poland

HP will dole out $108 million to settle claims by the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging bribery and other crimes. The complaints centered around the company's business practices in Poland, Russia, and Mexico, alleging that HP paid out over $500,000 in exchange for assistance winning contracts to supply governments with computer hardware and services.

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Judge Cote grants class-action status to consumer e-book lawsuit

03/28, 10:00pm

Second of three lawsuits Apple is facing over e-book pricing

Judge Denise Cote, the same jurist that notably pre-announced Apple's likely guilt when she oversaw the Department of Justice lawsuit against Apple, has granted class-action status to various consumers and consumer groups that are also suing Apple and the various publishers over alleged price-fixing of e-book prices -- even though most prices under the "agency model" Apple used have in fact fallen. The iPhone maker lost the first suit, with Judge Cote ruling that Apple somehow "led" a price-fixing conspiracy among publishers in an effort to bust Amazon's near-monopoly of the e-book market.

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Individual states launch Time Warner and Comcast merger investigation

03/19, 12:15pm

Multi-state group to look at effect on broadband industry

Comcast and Time Warner Cable are facing more than just federal inspection of the merger between the pair. Reports are surfacing that Florida, Indiana, and other as-yet-unnamed states are looking at the transaction, in conjunction with the federal government effort by the US Department of Justice.

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Kim Dotcom and Megaupload lose appeal, search warrant valid

02/18, 9:55pm

New Zealand appeals court ruling opens door to further extradition hearings

At the request of the US Department of Justice, a New Zealand court has ruled that the original Megaupload search warrant, executed on founder Kim Dotcom, was legal -- overturning a lower court's ruling holding it inadmissable. The previous ruling found the warrants vague, and that the poor construction of the warrant caused the seizure of materials seemingly irrelevant to the charges against the Internet mogul.

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Google, Facebook, others release updated transparency report data

02/03, 4:30pm

FISA requests detailed in agreement with US government

A group of tech companies have released more information about government requests from the NSA and other agencies for user information, as part of their transparency reporting programs. Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Microsoft have all posted more statistics online for these Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests, following an agreement between the companies and the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

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Appeals court gives Apple temporary reprieve from antitrust monitor

01/21, 12:35pm

Company aims for longer stay, monitor's eventual removal

The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals has granted Apple an "administrative stay," temporarily relieving it of scrutiny by antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich, Reuters reports. The stay is short-term only, and in fact Apple is pursuing a longer stay while it also seeks to suspend Bromwich entirely. A three-judge panel is due to hear a motion for the longer stay as soon as possible. The Department of Justice has until January 24 to file opposition; it didn't, however, oppose the administrative stay.

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Apple loses bid to delay or oust antitrust monitor

01/13, 5:36pm

Likely to file emergency appeal to different judge

The same judge who appointed a personal friend with no experience in antitrust compliance, and who had pre-announced Apple's likely guilt ahead of its trial against the Department of Justice over alleged e-book price fixing, has denied the iPhone maker's request to stay the implementation of its antitrust monitor pending appeal. In her ruling, US District Judge Denise Cote also rebuffed Apple's request to disqualify Michael Bromwich, her appointment to the job.

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DoJ accuses Apple of 'character assassination' in e-book monitor feud

01/13, 3:50pm

Apple not working to 'change its corporate tone'

Apple has "chosen a campaign of character assassination over a culture of compliance" with regard to court-appointed monitor Michael Bromwich, and is missing an opportunity to "change its corporate tone," the US Department of Justice complains in a new letter to the court handling the DoJ v. Apple e-book case. Bromwich was appointed by US District Judge Denise Cote last year to ensure that Apple followed imposed pricing and contract terms. Apple has accused Bromwich of immediately launching a roving investigation, despite having a narrower task set to start 90 days after his appointment; the company also objects to his $1,100-an-hour billing rate, and having to pay for a second lawyer hired by Bromwich due to his own inexperience with antitrust cases. Last week, Apple filed a formal request to remove him.

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US Department of Justice approves $7.2B Nokia-Microsoft deal

12/02, 3:19pm

DOJ approval effectively leaves European regulators as last major acquisitions hurdle

The acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services section by Microsoft has taken one more step towards completion. The US Department of Justice approval in a Federal trade Commission filing has effectively completed the deal's regulatory processes in the United States, effectively leaving just the European regulators standing in its way.

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Apple objects to e-book monitor's $69K/week pay, interview demands

11/29, 12:47pm

Compliance monitor returns fire in letter to board

Apple has filed a formal objection against the compliance monitor in the recent e-book price-fixing lawsuit, crying foul over the attorney's alleged $69,000 weekly fees. The company's legal team also claims the monitor, Michael Bromwich, has exceeded his authority by demanding interviews with board members and executives, such as design head Jony Ive and board member Al Gore, who are not involved in the business unit affected by the court decision.

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Judge names compliance monitor in Apple e-book antitrust case

10/16, 9:30pm

Former DoJ Inspector General chosen for role

As expected, a New York judge has appointed an external monitor to ensure Apple's compliance with a recent antitrust injunction related to e-book price fixing. As noted by CNET, Judge Denise Cote has chosen former Assistant US Attorney and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Bromwich to work directly with Apple for two years to watch for additional antitrust violations.

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Judge orders injunction against Apple in e-book antitrust case [U]

09/06, 10:15am

Third party will monitor compliance

(Updated with DoJ statement) Apple has been hit with a permanent injunction in the e-book price-fixing case pursued by the Department of Justice. As previously noted, the company will be restricted from signing agreements with five major book publishers that could artificially inflate or reduce e-book retail prices. A third party will be tasked with directly monitoring compliance for two years, while the final judgment will expire after five years.

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DoJ says Apple's in-app purchasing rules were aimed at Amazon

08/23, 3:32pm

Uses evidence from talks between Jobs, Schiller, Cue

The US Department of Justice has filed a revised settlement proposal for the outcome of its recent trial victory against Apple. The proposal is similar to the original, but incorporates an expanded section on in-app purchases, claiming that Apple formulated its rules to "retaliate against Amazon for competitive conduct that Apple disapproved of" and "make it more difficult for consumers using Apple devices to compare ebook prices among different retailers."

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

08/09, 6:00pm

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.

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DoJ criticizes book publishers for banding together to defend Apple

08/09, 11:57am

Sign of companies operating too closely in unison, DoJ suggests

The US Department of Justice has filed a response to the book publishing industry's defense of Apple in light of possible settlement terms that could impose strict restrictions on Apple, and which the publishers suggest might alter the terms of their own settlements over allegations of fixing e-book prices. DoJ attorney Lawrence Buterman contends that the unified defense shows that the publishers have "banded together once again," as they did when conspiring to inflate prices and undermine Amazon. The publishers' motion "only highlights why it is necessary to ensure that Apple (and hopefully other retailers) can discount ebooks and compete on retail price for as long as possible," the filing reads.

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Apple facing long, important legal day on Friday

08/08, 9:45pm

ITC decision, hearings on Samsung and DOJ e-book case

Tomorrow will mark a busy and important day on several legal fronts for Apple, as it awaits a much-watched International Trade Commission decision on its complaint against Samsung. In addition, two separate but important federal court hearings will be held on Friday; one related to another Apple-Samsung matter stemming from the first trial, and another where Apple will get to argue the deficiencies of the Department of Justice's proposed settlement over the e-book price-fixing case. Apple plans to appeal the DOJ verdict.

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Five publishers object to DoJ Apple punishment, file motion opposing

08/07, 8:55pm

Hearing on penalties to be assessed on August 9

Five of the publishers originally involved in the e-book price fixing case with Apple have filed a motion in Judge Denise Cote's court, opposing the proposed penalties that the Department of Justice wants asserted against Apple. The five publishers claim that the Department of Justice's demand will "improperly impose additional, unwarranted restrictions on the settling defendants, thereby depriving each publisher of the benefit of its bargain with plaintiffs." The penalty proposal by the Department of Justice and all filed motions will be heard on Friday, August 9.

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Apple blasts DoJ's proposed settlement terms as 'draconian'

08/02, 4:14pm

Claims terms would 'establish a vague new compliance regime'

Apple has lashed out at the Department of Justice's proposed terms for settling the case the latter brought over e-book price fixing. In court documents, Apple calls the terms a "draconian and punitive intrusion" into its business, with penalties "wildly out of proportion to any adjudicated wrongdoing or potential harm."

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Proposed DoJ terms could force Apple to allow Amazon links in apps

08/02, 11:34am

Would undo one of the stricter App Store rules

The Department of Justice has published proposed settlement terms that could force Apple to allow apps to link to outside e-book stores. Last month, the DoJ emerged victorious against Apple in a trial over e-book price fixing. Apple was accused of conspiring with publishers to artificially inflate e-book prices, in particular with the aim of undermining Amazon's once-standard $10 pricetag for Kindle titles. Modern, high-profile e-books are usually priced closer to $13 or $14.

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Panasonic pleads guilty to car part, notebook battery price fixing

07/21, 3:40pm

Agrees to pay $56.5M in fines, jail time for executives

Panasonic has agreed to pay $56.5 million in fines for its part in price fixing conspiracies. The US Department of Justice announced that the Japanese electronics manufacturer will plead guilty for helping fix the prices of automotive parts and battery cells, which inflated the production cost of notebooks and cars for various manufacturers.

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Court rules against Apple in e-book price fixing trial

07/10, 10:39am

Decision could impact Amazon, iBookstore, future of e-book prices

Apple indeed violated antitrust laws, conspiring with publishers to fix the prices of e-books, US District Judge Denise Cote has ruled in a Manhattan court. The company is said to have colluded with Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster in order to undermine Amazon, which until the launch of Apple's iBookstore was able to sell e-books for a standard $10. Cote notes that the publishers' switch to an agency model, prompted by talks with Apple, forced a number of e-books to climb in price to $13 or $15.

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In review: Apple turns tables on DOJ over course of e-book trial

06/23, 6:00am

Amazon becomes as much a focus as tactics used by Apple

While nobody knows how Judge Denice Cote will rule in the two-week e-book price-fixing trial brought against Apple by the US Department of Justice, everyone who has been keeping tabs on the trial as it unfolded knows one thing: Judge Cote has been given more to consider after hearing Apple's vigorous defense of its actions and the performance of witnesses in the trial -- from both sides of the case. The same judge who had offered a pre-trial opinion that the DOJ would likely prove conspiracies said it all at the close: "things change."

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Judge in e-book trial: 'Things change' as Apple defense concludes

06/20, 1:39am

Testimony from Cue, Barnes & Noble exec change tone of trial

After having begun the case against Apple brought by the Department of Justice with a set of blistering opinions that essentially concluded the iPhone maker was guilty of the e-book price-fixing charge against it, Judge Denise Cote has been seen to change her position considerably over the course of the trial. On Thursday, as part of the winding down of the witness portion of the trial, she noted that she had "learned a lot" from the evidence after having felt "very prepared" ahead of the trial, and that the "issues have shifted" since the trial began.

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Court evidence: Jobs read AppleInsider, queried Cue on reports

06/17, 7:19pm

Was concerned about how self-publishing, aggregators would be handled

According to a an email exchange between then-CEO Steve Jobs and Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue submitted in court earlier today as part of the Department of Justice's e-book price-fixing trial, Apple's co-founder and then-leader read Mac rumor-and-news sites such as AppleInsider and would question the veracity of items found there. In the exchange, which happened just three months after Apple had launched the iBookstore, Jobs wants to know more about self-publishing options.

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Cue talks Steve Jobs' involvement in iBooks during Monday testimony

06/17, 5:15pm

Little new during executive's final court date

Under questioning at the ongoing DoJ v. Apple antitrust trial, the man who negotiated Apple's iBookstore deals with publishers -- Eddy Cue -- today disclosed some minor facts about Steve Jobs' involvement with the iBooks app. The topic came up during examination by Apple attorney Orin Snyder. Earlier in the trial, Cue established that Jobs was heavily into the concept of iBooks and the iBookstore once iPad development started ramping up. During today's testimony, Cue revealed that Jobs had micromanaged some of the smallest details of iBooks.

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DoJ v. Apple e-book trial moves into defense phase

06/17, 3:44pm

Witnesses to include current iTunes, iBookstore heads

The Department of Justice's antitrust case against Apple is entering its final four days this week, according to Fortune. The original orchestrator of Apple's publisher deals for the iBookstore, Eddy Cue, is resuming court testimony today, having last testified on Thursday afternoon. Today's topics are expected to include a dinner Cue had with Macmillan's CEO, and disputed emails written to Cue by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

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Apple's Eddy Cue admits e-book prices rose after iBookstore deal

06/13, 3:43pm

Blames publishers' resentment towards Amazon prices

Apple's senior VP for Internet software and services, Eddy Cue, testified today in defense of the company at the Department of Justice's ongoing antitrust trial over e-book prices. Cue was responsible for negotiating publisher deals to help launch the iBookstore in 2010. Apple is accused, however, of colluding with publishers to switch the e-book industry to an agency model, specifically with the aim of forcing prices higher and undermining Amazon's then-standard $10 pricetag.

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Apple presents Jobs-sent email to court, refutes DoJ email submission

06/12, 11:24pm

Jobs' tone, content of mail differ entirely than DoJ draft email

In the e-book price fixing case between the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and Apple, the Cupertino manufacturer has submitted the actual sent email from then-CEO Steve Jobs to Eddy Cue, which has both a different tone and substantially different content to the hostile "draft" email (never sent) that the DoJ raised as evidence of an intent to force Amazon to accept higher prices by colluding with the book publishers earlier in the case.

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Unsent Jobs email deals blow to Apple in DoJ e-book case

06/12, 11:35am

Suggests Apple was aiming at forcing Amazon to accept higher prices

As a result of an email written by former CEO Steve Jobs, Apple may have suffered a significant blow at the e-book antitrust trial being pursued by the Department of Justice. Fortune reports that the head of Apple's iBookstore, Keith Moerer, testified yesterday that Apple had never asked or pressured any book publisher into changing contracts with Amazon from a wholesale model to Apple's preferred agency model, in which publishers can dictate higher prices. Apple was "indifferent" to what model publishers used with Amazon, Moerer claimed.

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Google exec takes fire in Apple cross-examination during e-book trial

06/07, 9:44am

Collusion claims cast into doubt

The Department of Justice suffered an early blow in its antitrust case against Apple yesterday, reports say. Testifying in court was Google's director of strategic partnerships, Thomas Turvey. In previous written testimony, Turvey had claimed that representatives from book publishers told him in 2010 that they were switching to an agency model because Apple required it in its iBookstore contracts. Under cross-examination by Apple lawyer Orin Snyder however, it emerged that the written testimony was drafted with the help of Turvey's lawyers, and he was unsure who wrote the central allegations.

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Trial: Amazon demanded same terms from publishers as Apple

06/07, 2:20am

Revelation raises issues of equal treatment, conflict of interest

Under cross-examination from Apple's lawyers, a key government witness -- Amazon Vice President for Kindle Content Russell Grandinetti -- undermined a key element of the Department of Justice's case against the Cupertino giant by admitting that once it decided to move to the "agency model" under pressure from publishers, it demanded exactly the same terms from the publishers as Apple had required. The deal even included a 30 percent cut and a "most favored nation" (MFN) clause that is the crux of the DOJ's complaint against Apple.

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Amazon accuses Apple of hindering Kindle at DOJ e-book trial

06/05, 11:50pm

Despite continued success, Amazon exec claims agency model hurt

On the third day of the e-book trial brought by the Department of Justice against Apple, the judge heard from an Amazon executive who claimed that Apple's proposal of a shift to the "agency model" of e-book pricing (where publishers set the price rather than retailers) was intended to hurt sales of Amazon's Kindle e-reader and its success as a seller of e-books. Judge Denice Cote, who is conducting the bench trial, also heard from Apple lawyers that the length of negotiations and differences in the contracts it had with publishers prove that it did not collude to set prices.

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Second day of DOJ e-book trial sees Penguin siding with Apple

06/04, 9:39pm

Shanks: Apple's entry benefited industry, Penguin did not collude

Testimony on the second day of Apple's trial as a defendent against the US Department of Justice on allegations of conspiracy to raise book prices appears to have gone reasonably well for the Cupertino-based electronics giant, with some mixed but friendly testimony from Penguin Group USA CEO David Shanks. Though he admitted that it was "irrational enthusiasm" for the potential 80-100 million strong customer base Apple had at the time that led Penguin to accede to many of Apple's terms during negotiations over its contract, he also defended some aspects of Apple's role.

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Apple lawyer calls DOJ e-book pricing case 'sinister interference'

06/04, 10:41am

Claims government trying to 'reverse engineer a conspiracy'

The Department of Justice's antitrust case against Apple over e-book pricing is "bizarre," said Apple lawyer Orin Snyder yesterday during the case's opening arguments. Snyder went on to call the allegations "sinister interference" based on nebulous evidence, and complain about pre-trial comments by Judge Denise Cote inferring that the DoJ was likely to win.

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DOJ lays out case against Apple in opening statements in e-book trial

06/03, 6:47pm

Opening statements center on negotiations by Eddy Cue, not Jobs

The opening statements by the Department of Justice and Apple at the start of the trial between the two over e-book pricing have been given, with the DOJ claiming that Apple facilitated agreements with the big four publishers (five at the time; Hatchette and Penguin later merged) to present a unified front that demanded the "agency model" of pricing (where publishers set the e-book prices) in order to break Amazon of its predatory pricing habit of pricing e-books below its own cost -- which was having a deleterious effect on both e-book competitors and physical book sales.

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Judge: Apple probably guilty of e-book price fixing

05/24, 9:00am

Unusual admission of prejudice ahead of DOJ trial

In an unusual pre-trial "tentative view," the judge in charge of the Apple versus the Department of Justice trial over alleged e-book price-fixing said that the DOJ would likely be able to prove that Apple colluded with publishers to raise e-book prices, despite not having seen all available evidence. This is not the first time Judge Denise Cote has ruled against Apple ahead of a full examination of the facts.

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US Justice Dept allows T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger to proceed

03/06, 3:50pm

US DOJ allows 30-day antitrust waiting period to expire unhindered

The merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS has been given the go-ahead to proceed by the United States Department of Justice. A 30-day waiting period, put in place by antitrust laws, has expired without the DoJ offering any objections to the merger, which would see the combined Deutsche Telekom-owned carrier and MetroPCS further embed T-Mobile's position as the fourth largest US carrier.

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DOJ will not subpoena notes, testimony from Jobs biographer

03/06, 3:00am

Government still pursuing Apple over alleged fixing of e-book prices

As part of its case against Apple for allegedly conspiring to "falsely inflate" e-book prices, the US Department of Justice has opted not to pursue its plan to demand copies of the notes from Steve Jobs' biographer or testimony from Walter Isaacson himself regarding any remarks Jobs may have made about the arrangements Apple made with publishers in its effort to both set up its own e-book service and fight against the predatory pricing of Amazon, which had a near-monopoly on e-books and was driving rivals out of business.

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Penguin files settlement to end e-book price fixing suit

12/18, 7:58pm

If settlement approved, only Macmillan and Apple left standing

The United States Department of Justice confirmed today that the Penguin group has made a settlement offer in New York District Court to end its ongoing e-book price-fixing antitrust investigation. If accepted by the Department of Justice and the judge, only Apple and Macmillan will remain as defendants in the suit. Under the agreement's terms, Penguin must cease doing business with any e-book seller it is currently doing business with, including Apple. The publisher will also be prohibited from signing new deals with any distributors that limit discounts for a period of two years.

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Amazon promises partial refunds for some e-book purchases

10/13, 11:46pm

Payments a result of suit settlement with three publishers

As a result of a possible settlement between the Department of Justice and three publishers involved in a lawsuit regarding e-book price fixing, owners of Kindle e-readers will receive refunds on past e-book purchases. Amazon told Kindle owners on Saturday that they could receive a refund of between $0.30 and $1.32 per book for books purchased between April 2010 and May 2012.

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Authors group, licensing expert slam DOJ's e-book settlement

08/29, 6:21pm

Parties cite Amazon investigation, bad DOJ market analysis

US District Court Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, presiding over the Apple e-books pricing settlement case, has granted amici curiae, or friends of the court, status to two opposing parties. Writer's advocacy organization The Authors Guild and licensing expert Bob Kohn have been given permission to file an amicus brief with the court, decrying the proposed settlement, and pointing out what they see as flaws in the Department of Justice's arguments.

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Extradition of Kim Dotcom halted until US produces evidence

08/22, 9:29pm

US DOJ faulted for evidence collection, improper process serving

The New Zealand high court has ruled that the the United States must hand over all evidence in its case against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom before any extradition can take place. The decision shut down the US Department of Justice's appeal of a lower New Zealand's court decision earlier in the year blocking the extradition pending case information.

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DoJ approves Verizon's $3.9B spectrum buy from cable giants

08/16, 11:02pm

FCC approval likely, paving way to 4G LTE buildout

The US Department of Justice said on Thursday that it would approve Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion wireless spectrum purchase. The head of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, said that the FCC would also likely give the deal permission to continue -- albeit with marketing restrictions.

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Apple blasts DoJ over settlements in e-book collusion trial

08/15, 10:19pm

Settlement terminates existing contracts

Apple has blasted the Department of Justice over a settlement with several book publishers in an ongoing trial surrounding allegations of price fixing. The company argues that the proposed settlements would effectively nullify its existing contracts with the publishers—Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster—before any witness has been called to testify and before the court has had a chance to review details of the case.

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