Feds Looking for Dirt on Apple From Possible 'Conspirators'
The hunt is on for evidence that Apple helped pull off (or at least participated in) a clever eBook price fixing scheme with some of the biggest names in mainstream publishing.
As MMi has covered in copious detail in recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice has had its sights set on Apple and five book-publishing houses, all of whom have been put on the spot to answer some tough questions and even tougher accusations.
Once again this week, the Feds indicated that Apple "wants to rush its antitrust lawsuit over the price of electronic books. Apple acknowledges it has a 'special urgency' in ending the case."
Earlier this year, the federal government filed suit as it joined more than a dozen states in a legal showdown that asserts Apple and its publishing partners "conspired" in late 2009 to drive eBook prices higher and give more pricing authority to publishers at the expense of retailers.
The government now says it will spend the next 8 to 10 months scouring for evidence - and possibly trying to solicit it from Apple's alleged "conspirators" - so that the case can proceed and any potential wrongdoing can be exposed and remedied.
"This is, after all, a conspiracy case in which the settling defendants are alleged co-conspirators," DOJ lawyers state in legal documents pertinent to the matter. "There is, therefore, no remotely plausible argument that they are not likely to be sources of highly relevant evidence."
Apple and its various publishing partners have maintained that no wrongdoing was committed.
Source: Huffington Post