The verdict, as both the government and the defendants had wanted, came swiftly. Barely three weeks after the lawyers fell silent, federal judge Denise Cote, delivered a crushing judgment against Apple, finding that it had conspired with book publishers to inflate the price of e-books when it launched the iPad in 2010.
“Apple was unable to persuade the court that the case was not a per se violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act – essentially that the facts of the case as the Department of Justice presented them were sufficient to establish conduct so clearly outside the law that the court condemns it without regard to motivating factors,” Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer, tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “In the final analysis, the case wasn’t even close.”
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.