In a courtroom located in Manhattan, the U.S. Department of Justice presented its opening arguments in the USA vs. Apple Inc, antitrust e-book price fixing trial. The Department of Justice filed suit last April and Apple has consistently defended itself and has said the accusations aren’t true. According to AllThingsD, Justice Department attorney Lawrence Buterman presented the government’s case this morning, using a slideshow filled with email and phone record evidence that the government says shows Apple colluded with book publishers to drive up the cost of e-books ahead of the launch of the iBookstore.
For its part, Apple’s lead attorney claims the company was using the same strategies that worked when the company was amidst building the iTunes Music Store to get contracts with the major book publishers. The following was mentioned regarding the topic:
Apple's opening statement […] tried to pull the rug out from under everything the DOJ had just presented. [Apple SVP Eddy] Cue, Snyder claims, was just trying to break into a crowded e-book market (one dominated by Amazon) using precisely the same approach he used when he got the company into the music market with iTunes and the applications market with the App Store. Those innovation poured billions of dollars into the U.S. economy, he said. "Apple should be applauded, not condemned."
Apple’s Senior Vice President for Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, sits at the middle of the Department of Justice’s case and was responsible for much of the email and phone traffic mentioned in the government’s opening argument. He’s expected to take the stand on June 13th so we’ll hear more about the case then.
Those of you who are interested in checking out the slideshow that was released by the DoJ can see it below: