Apple received a legal slap on Wednesday when U.S. District Judge Denise Cote rejected a request to dismiss a class action lawsuit against Apple and five publishers.
Cote scoffed at the idea that Apple and the publishers acted independently in coming up with what’s known as agency pricing, their defense to the charges that they were price-fixing ebooks. Not only that, she accused Steve Jobs at being at the center of it all. Parts of the opinion, as excerpted by paidContent, reads:
In short, Apple did not try to earn money off of eBooks by competing with other retailers…
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Judge refuses request to dismiss ebook class action suit