You read that headline correctly.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, while Apple was waiting to learn of its punishment stemming from the outcome of the recent high-profile antitrust case, the iDevice maker did it again.
Like a bad sequel, the company allegedly conspired with publishers to mount concerted opposition to the DOJ's efforts.
Ahead of that conference, Apple argued for a stay, and the DOJ argued that the publishers have “banded together once again.”
DOJ attorney Lawrence Buterman says "a necessary component of this Court’s decision finding Apple liable for horizontal price-fixing is that the publishers themselves were engaged in a horizontal price-fixing conspiracy…[There] is reason to believe the Publisher Defendants may be positioning themselves to pick things back up where they left off as soon as their two-year clocks run."
The DOJ's legal eagle asserts that "the very fact that the Publisher Defendants have banded together once again, this time to jointly oppose two provisions in the Proposed Final Judgment that they believe could result in lower ebook prices for consumers, 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.”