Apple appealing ebook antitrust case to the U.S. Supreme Court

It's the case that just won't die. Apple is now appealing to the United States Supreme Court in order to overturn a federal judge's findings against the company in the government's ebook price fixing lawsuit. The company lost an appeal on this issue earlier this year at the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Now Apple is asking the highest court in the U.S. to weigh in on the case. From Apple's filing:

This case also presents issues of surpassing importance to the United States economy. Dynamic, disruptive entry into new or stagnant markets—the lifeblood of American economic growth—often requires the very type of vertical contracting and conduct that the Second Circuit's rule would condemn as a per se violation of the Sherman act.

The government's lawsuit asserted that Apple conspired with book publishers to fix pricing for ebooks. As a result of the original judgment, an antitrust monitor was installed at the company, which Apple has been attempting to rid itself of ever since.

Source: Apple; Via: Fortune

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

4 Comments
  • I don't think you read the document.; Apple is asking for an extension to file an appeal.
  • Judge Cote should be removed from the bench for her stunningly awful ruling.
  • Can't handle the truth?
  • The ruling was just. Apple conspired with publishers to manipulate e-book pricing, was caught, and paid the price. If they hadn't broken the law, they wouldn't be in the position they're in now. Apple apparently deplores having a government watchdog around ensuring they are following the letter of the law. Why? Perhaps because having to play by the rules is affecting their bottom line. Making a $100 million a week is probably tough to swallow when you know you could be making $125 million if you were able to bend the rules "just a little."