It appears as if some serious problem is going to be created for Apple as it’s trial on ebook price fixing charges is filed by the U.S. government begins on Monday in New York.
Apple will have to alone deal with the charges put across by the U.S. Department of Justice in a non-jury trial. The trial is presided over by Judge Denise Cote for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York who had already indicated her leaning to hold the company liable in a pre-trial hearing.
An antitrust lawsuit was filed by The Department of Justice in April last year alleging that Apple and five publishers including Penguin Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan had been conspiring to increase ebook prices. The said publishers named in the lawsuit have all however since settled by agreeing to end prohibiting wholesale discounts and pay a sum total of $164 million, assigned to benefit consumers.