The US DOJ last month filed lawsuit against Apple and five book publishers over ebook pricing, turning the heat to further high, paidContent reports that New York, the District of Columbia and fifteen other states have joined the e-book pricing class action suit against Apple, Macmillan and Penguin, bringing the total number of states involved so far to 31. The amended complaint revealed details that were previously redacted, including an e-mail from Steve Jobs.
Apple reaffirms fight against e-book antitrust case and said in its court papers that “Apple’s entry into e-book distribution is classic procompetitive conduct” that created competition where none existed. “For Apple to be subject to hindsight legal attack for a business strategy well-recognized as perfectly proper sends the wrong message to the market,” it added. “The government’s complaint against Apple is fundamentally flawed as a matter of fact and law.”