In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice accused Apple of conspiring with publishers to raise eBook prices. Publishers had been chaffing under Amazon’s discount eBook prices, and the DOJ believed that Apple had helped them conspire to switch to a new licensing model using the iBooks store.
Winner: The Department of Justice. Apple was found to have “facilitated a conspiracy” between the major book publishers. A new trial will be held to determine damages, and Apple has vowed to keep fighting the charges.
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