Deal Between DOJ, E-Books Publishers Approved by Judge

, The American Lawyer


As expected, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan approved a price-fixing settlement September 6 between the Justice Department and three publishers of e-books — Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins. Cote signed off on the deal over the objections of Apple Inc., which has been accused by both the DOJ and class action lawyers of conspiring with publishers to jack up e-book prices.

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