Apple Faces eBook Price Fixing Lawsuit But This Time In Canada In Addition To US

Posted on Apr 23 2012 - 7:11am by Editorial Staff

According to the Canada’s Montreal Gazette, a local lawyer asking Canadian citizen that whoever has purchased an e-book over the last two years to come forward, as the lawyer is aiming to sue Apple on behalf of country’s citizens. The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent lawsuit (video below), claiming Apple and its publishing partners colluded to fix the prices of e-books and drive down competition. The Canadian class action suit was filed in February in Quebec Superior Court by Montreal lawyer Norman Painchaud, asserting that Apple (in tandem with its publishing partners) had conspired to raise prices of e-books from the $9.99 previously commonly found on Amazon.com.

This is the addition to the currently ongoing US DOJ filed lawsuit against Apple and five book publishers over ebook pricing, it didn’t take long for the three publishers to step back at the very same morning agreeing on the terms and conditions. The remaining three – Apple, Macmillan and Penguin denied the proceedings that they had done anything wrong. But what it seems to now be that Cupertino-based giant is eagerly waiting for the trial to start. Reuters reports that Apple attorney Daniel Floyd told a US district court judge that “Our basic view is that we would like the case to be decided on the merits,” going on to say that “we believe that this is not an appropriate case against us and we would like to validate that.”

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