Thursday was deadline day for Apple to file its petition with the Supreme Court appealing a series of rulings that found the Cupertino, California company had violated anti-trust laws and conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices. The lawyers made it under the wire and now await word from the nation’s highest court on the merits of their argument.
Apple asserts that its behavior was only natural for a disruptive entry into a new market. Other dynamic companies would have done much the same, goes the thinking.
“If the Supreme Court ultimately rejects Apple’s petition for cert, its liability finding would be considered final under a 2014 settlement with 33 states and a consumer class, triggering $400 million in consumer rebates.,” explains Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer.
Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.