Apple Files An Appeal In E-Book Antitrust Case

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Apple has filed an appeal related to last year’s verdict stating that the company violated U.S. antitrust laws by conspiring with publishers to fix e-book prices.

The appeal — which was filed Tuesday with the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York — calls U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote’s ruling “a radical departure from modern antitrust law and policy,” and argues that it will “stifle innovation, chill competition, and harm consumers” if it is followed.

Apple’s lawyers suggested that the company’s entry into the e-book market marks “the beginning, not the end” of competition in the sector, and states that Apple “kick-started competition in a highly concentrated market, delivering higher output, lower price levels, and accelerated innovation.”

In a continuation of its ongoing squabble with Court-appointed monitor Michael Bromwich, Apple’s appeal also calls the requirement for a monitor “unprecedented and unconstitutional.”

The full appeal can be read below:

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