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10-05-2013, 02:51 AM #1
Apple Officially Appeals Verdict of E-Book Pricing Case
Apple formally notified the court that they will appeal the guilty verdict and resulting injunctions handed down in July’s e-book antitrust ruling. Apple’s fight against the Department of Justice will shift into the hands of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals as Cupertino’s lead attorney, Orin Snyder, filed an official notice of appeal on behalf of Apple recently. The plan to appeal was previously indicated by Apple in a letter to Judge Denise Cote in August.
The recent notice comes roughly three months after Apple was found guilty of conspiring with major publishers to raise e-book prices and just one day before an injunction handed down as a result of the verdict set to go into effect. The injunction would force Apple to stagger renegotiations with publishers and bring on an external compliance monitor, among other punishments. Snyder wrote the following regarding the matter:
Notice is hereby given that Defendant Apple Inc. (“Apple”) appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from the Plaintiff United States’ Final Judgment, including the injunction the Court entered against Apple.
Publisher Simon & Schuster filed a separate notice of appeal, though the CBS subsidiary only intends to fight the injunction due to its effect on the company’s ability to renegotiate its contracts with Apple. It should be noted that Simon & Schuster settled with the Department of Justice in 2012.