United States of America v. Apple Inc

Complaint in US v. Apple and Hachette, et al.


Full text copy of the anti-trust complaint filed by the US Department of Justice against Apple and a handful of book publishers to do with e-book pricing practices. From the DOJ press release:

"The Department of Justice announced today that it has reached a settlement with three of the largest book publishers in the United States– Hachette Book Group (USA), HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C. and Simon & Schuster Inc.–and will continue to litigate against Apple Inc. and two other publishers–Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC, which does business as Macmillan, and Penguin Group (USA)–for conspiring to end e-book retailers' freedom to compete on price, take control of pricing from e-book retailers and substantially increase the prices that consumers pay for e-books. The department said that the publishers prevented retail price competition resulting in consumers paying millions of dollars more for their e-books."

As the Financial Times wrote on its Tech Blog the day the document was filed: "The 36-page complaint filed on Wednesday is an ebook in its own right, in its pdf format, about how Apple changed the publishing industry and dealt a blow to Amazon, its biggest content rival..."

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