Archive | DOJ RSS feed for this section

Judge Cote Unconvinced By Aspects of Apple Settlement Proposal

In a teleconference call with lawyers for Apple, the plaintiff states, and the consumer class, Judge Denise Cote "expressed concern" with the proposed settlement before her that would see Apple pay anywhere from nothing (if they win their appeal of Cote's July 2013 ruling in favor of the Department of Justice)…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

Apple to Pay As Much As $450 Million In eBook Settlement

As expected, on Wednesday the full details of the proposed settlement agreement in Apple's ebook pricing litigation were filed with Judge Denise Cote. (Previously, the terms of the agreement had not been announced.) In a "pragmatic settlement," the parties agreed to three possible outcomes, which could have Apple paying as much…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

Apple Settles with States & Consumers In Sealed Agreement

Apple has agreed to settle with the plaintiff states and consumer class in an agreement filed under seal with Judge Denise Cote late Monday. The amount they will pay has not been disclosed yet, and the tendering of those payments is dependent upon the outcome of Apple's appeal of the…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

Getting Things Straight: Two Wonky But Important Hachette/Settlement Things People Get Wrong

We've been doing a lot of talking to other members of the press the last couple of weeks (mostly on background) helping to explain some of the details of the legal issues around ebook pricing -- and we've been reading a lot of articles, as usual. There are two important…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

Apple Damages Trial Delayed Again to August 25 (or Later)

After the Appeals Court denied Apple's motion for a stay of the ebook damages trial, Judge Denise Cote requested that Apple and the plaintiff states come up with a new schedule that would allow consumers enough time to be notified of the pending litigation (and whether they wish to opt…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

DOJ Dispatched to Talk to Publishers -- As Weapon In Terms Negotiations?

The WSJ reported Monday night  that "the Justice Department has gone back to the publishers asking about any recent pricing discussions they may have had with others in the industry, say people familiar with the situation." The "inquiries" the paper refers to were "made in recent weeks by letter," just as…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

Apple's Request For a Stay of Damages Trial Is Denied

The Appeals Court panel of Judges Barrington D. Parker, Debra Ann Livingston, and Christopher F. Droney came to a quick decision after the hearing their chambers Thursday morning. Apple's "motion for a stay pending appeal is denied because Appellant has failed to meet the requisite standard." So the damages trial, currently…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

Appeals Court Shows Sympathy for Both Sides In Hearing on Apple's Stay

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday morning on Apple's motion to stay Judge Cote's injunction -- and in turn, delay the start of the damages trial, currently set for July 14. While the three judges did not issue any ruling from the bench, the immediate sense from…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

DOJ, States Rebuff Apple Appeal By Presenting Their Case Again

The Department of Justice and plaintiff states filed a joint reply brief to Apple's appeal in the ongoing ebook price fixing case Tuesday afternoon. Much of the 117-page document presents the government's case against Apple all over again, though there are some new bits of information, Most notably it reveals that…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

The Washington Post On Their Owner, and VF On Judge Cote

After being needled for not mentioning the dispute over contract terms between Amazon and Hachette Book Group that has resulted in alterations in how the etailer displays and ships HBG titles, the Washington Post has posted something...equivocal. The paper's column finds it "understandable" that authors "are irate over the unequal treatment."…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member