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Antitrust officials reportedly sue Apple, publishers over e-books

April 11, 2012|By Jim Puzzanghera
  • Apple's iPad is a major platform for consumers to read e-books. Now a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department says Apple and five book publishers conspired to fix the price of e-books.
Apple's iPad is a major platform for consumers to read e-books. Now… (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles…)

WASHINGTON -- Antitrust officials are expected to announce Wednesday that they are filing suit against Apple Inc. and five major book publishers for allegedly colluding to fix the price of e-books.

News reports said the Justice Department sued Apple, along with Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette and Penguin.

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and the head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, Sharis Pozen, have scheduled a news conference in Washington for 9 a.m. PDT to announce "a significant antitrust matter." They will be joined by Connecticut Atty. Gen. George Jepsen.

The Justice Department and Connecticut officials have been investigating e-book pricing by Apple and the publishers.

A Justice spokeswoman would not comment Wednesday morning.

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