With the trial related to Apple's alleged eBook price-fixing scheme inching closer to a start, presiding Judge Denise Cote said today that the U.S Department of Justice has an excellent chance of proving that Apple was involved in the controversial - and purportedly illegal - scheme.
In an unusual move before a trial, a federal judge expressed a tentative view that the U.S. Justice Department will be able to show evidence that Apple Inc engaged in a conspiracy with publishers to increase e-book prices.
"I believe that the government will be able to show at trial direct evidence that Apple knowingly participated in and facilitated a conspiracy to raise prices of e-books, and that the circumstantial evidence in this case, including the terms of the agreements, will confirm that," Cote said.
Although the U.S. Department of Justice didn't comment on the matter, Orin Snyder, a lawyer for Apple, did, saying that: "We strongly disagree with the court's preliminary statements about the case today."
The trial is scheduled to commence June 3rd.