Apple and major publishers face lawsuit over ebook ‘price fixing’

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in the US alleging that Apple and five major publishers “colluded … to illegally fix prices” of ebooks.The lawsuit, filed by law firm Hagens Berman in California northern district court, claims that HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster conspired with Apple to increase ebook prices in order “to boost profits and force ebook rival Amazon to abandon its pro-consumer discount pricing”, and that they are “in violation of a variety of federal and state antitrust laws”.

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