Madison
67° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

State wins case against Apple in antitrust case

Published On: Jul 10 2013 09:50:29 PM CDT

istock

MADISON, Wis. -

Apple is accused of teaming up against Amazon with publishers to raise e-book prices in 2010.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found that Apple “played a central role in facilitating and executing” the conspiracy to raise e-book prices, and that “Apple’s orchestration” of the conspiracy was necessary to its success.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Wisconsin and 32 other states pursued the case because Apple violated antitrust laws that resulted in consumers paying more for e-books.

Amazon had been selling them for $9.99 but prices went to $12.99 or $14.99.

The court ruled Apple was the ringleader of a plan to let publishers set their own e-book prices while giving Apple a 30 percent commission.

Apple said it was publishers like Penguin and Harper Collins that created the model.

A hearing to discuss possible damage has yet to be set.

Wisconsin is one of 33 states pursuing the case and consumers here could benefit.

“We look forward to pursuing the next phase of litigation -- recovery of damages for those consumers who were harmed,” said Van Hollen in a release.

Advertisement
  • smile

    istock

    Happiest/unhappiest U.S. cities

    It seems that residents of Louisiana are some of the happiest people in the country, and New Yorkers remain some of the unhappiest, according to a new report. Take a look at the happiest - and unhappiest - U.S. cities.

  • Taiwan plane crash wreckage

    Wong Yao-wen/Reuters

    How to prepare for a plane emergency

    Multiple plane crashes have dominated the headlines the past few weeks. But despite these particular tragedies, safety advances and improvements in staff training have helped improve air crash survival rates in recent years. Here are 10 things that experts suggest you do to prepare yourself in the unlikely event of a problem on your next flight, according to CNN.

  • Money

    Stock Xchng

    What would Americans do if they won the lottery?

    A family of 17 is splitting a $20 million lottery jackpot they won in New Jersey. How would most Americans spend their winnings if they hit it big? Click through to find out.

Advertisement