If you have been keeping up with the world of tech and Apple, then you may already know that the guys from Cupertino were in a court case earlier today, defending the claim that they had forced the prices of eBooks to be higher in order to compete against Amazon.

That court case was today, with the ruling from the US District Judge Denise Cote, who stated that Apple did work with the publishers Lagardere, Hachette and Macmillan, HarperCollins, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in order to fix prices, revealing that they had fix prices from $9.99 up to $12.99 and $14.99.

Alongside which the judge also called for a trail for damages, which could mean costly payouts for Apple.

“The plaintiffs have shown that the publisher defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise e-book prices, and that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing that conspiracy,” Judge Cote said in court.

“Without Apple’s orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did in the spring of 2010.”

As the publishers had already settled out of court with the US government and states, they were not included in the trail, but we are yet to see what the repercussions for their “conspiracy” will be

Via: reuters.com

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