Antitrust

Federal Court of Canada orders Apple to turn over documents in antitrust probe

Canada's Federal Court has ordered Apple to give documents to the Canadian Competition Bureau, which is looking into the possibility that Apple unfairly used its market position to increase iPhone sales. The Bureau thinks that agreements between carriers and Apple may have harmed competition by encouraging certain price controls on rival devices,.

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Eddy Cue comments on ebook price fixing ahead of appeal effort

Apple is attempting to get a federal appeals court to overturn last year's judgment on Apple's role in ebook price fixing. The ruling saw, among other things, an external antitrust monitor installed at Apple, something that the company fought against. Apple SVP Eddy Cue, who negotiated deals with publishers for the iBookstore, has now spoken about the case, and why Apple is fighting so hard to overturn the ruling. Cue says that the rise in ebook prices is not evidence of collusion, according to Fortune:

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Amazon offers Kindle e-book buyers antitrust settlement credit - did you get yours?

Amazon.com has begun to notify customers who have purchased Kindle e-books from various publishers that they're entitled to a credit, as a result of the legal settlements reached with various e-book publishers in antitrust lawsuits.

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Apple formally appeals ebook antitrust ruling - does it stand a chance?

Apple on Tuesday filed paperwork with the New York federal court to appeal a 2013 ruling that found the company in violation of antitrust laws regarding its iBooks publishing arrangements with major book publishers.

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Apple's iBooks court monitor stays in place, but there's a catch

Apple's been trying to stop court-appointed antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich, put in place last summer to oversee the company's efforts to comply with a ruling against it in the e-book price fixing case. Looks like they're going to have to get used to him, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Apple really doesn't like their antitrust monitor; attempts to put his work on hold

Apple is once again asking a federal appeals court to grant a stay on the work of court-appointed antitrust monitor, Michael Bromwich. While a temporary reprieve was granted two weeks ago, Apple hopes that the court will put Bromwich's work on hold until its decided whether or not he should have been placed at Apple to begin with

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Apple gets temporary reprieve from external antitrust monitor; should it be a permanent one?

Apple has been temporarily spared the presence of an external antitrust monitor, initially placed at the company as part of the judgment in the U.S. government's case against Apple regarding ebooks. Apple has been fighting to remove the monitor, Michael Bromwich, since he was placed at the company last summer. The company believes that Bromwich is a disruptive and unnecessary imposition, according to Reuters:

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Apple given permanent injunction in ebook case, external antitrust monitor to be installed

Judge Denise Cote has imposed an injunction on Apple in the ebook price-fixing case, which, among other things, will install an external antitrust monitor for the company. Apple will also be required to end all agreements with the five major publishers that prevent Apple from lowering ebook prices. Reuters:

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Judge to install external antitrust monitor at Apple

The judge overseeing the possible remedies in the ebook price fixing case has indicated that she will place a third-party antitrust monitor at Apple. Though her final ruling is expected to be narrower than what the Justice Department desires, Judge Denise Cote said a third-party supervisor will be installed to prevent further violation of antitrust laws.

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Department of Justice submits new punishment proposal for Apple, still as ludicrous as the old one

The Department of Justice today submitted a reworked punishment for Apple in the recent ebook lawsuit. Their previous proposal among other things, would have changed Apple's App Store policies about linking to outside stores within apps. The revised proposal, while similar to the previous one, focuses more on Apple's in-app purchase policies.

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