The Apple e-books case is in the news with an appellate court hearing Tuesday in Manhattan over whether the company can keep out a court-appointed monitor overseeing the company’s antitrust compliance while the iPad maker challenges the monitor’s appointment.
Apple denies it did anything wrong when it introduced its digital bookstore in 2010 and is fighting to overturn a judge’s decision that the company violated antitrust laws by conspiring to set prices with publishers. The company is also fighting the appointment of the monitor; it won a temporary stay of the court-appointed monitor in January, as the New York Times reported.
Meanwhile, attorneys general in 33 states are seeking as much as $880 million in damages in the case, Bloomberg said. The Department of Justice’s case did not come with any financial penalties but the judge in the case ruled that Apple was liable to the 33 states that joined the DOJ in its suit.
The attorneys general argue that Apple was the center of a conspiracy with publishers to raise e-book prices and that consumers were harmed.
Above: Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Mini tablets. (Glenn Chapman/AFP/Getty Images)