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Apple Wants Supreme Court To Overturn E-Book Price-Fixing Verdict | Media Post

Apple intends to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that the company violated antitrust laws by masterminding a conspiracy to raise ebook prices, the company said this week in a new court filing.

The case “presents issues of surpassing importance to the United States economy,” Apple says in a motion filed on Wednesday with Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The company is asking for a 30-day extension of the deadline to file a full petition seeking review; the normal deadline would be Sept. 28, but Apple says its lawyers need more time.

Earlier this year, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote in New York, who ruled that Apple illegally orchestrated a price-fixing conspiracy with five major publishers.

The legal battle dates to 2012, when federal and state authorities charged Apple and five publishers — Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster — with conspiring to end Amazon’s policy of charging just $9.99 for electronic versions of new releases and bestsellers.

When Amazon introduced the Kindle, the company was able to hugely discount ebooks because the industry ran on the “wholesale” model, meaning that companies like Amazon purchased books at wholesale and then decided what price to charge.

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Apple Wants Supreme Court To Overturn E-Book Price-Fixing Verdict 09/17/2015.

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