Apple Must Pay $450 Million For 'Supreme Evil Of Anti-Trust' eBook Scheme

Apple Must Pay $US450 ($605) Million for 'Supreme Evil of Antitrust' Ebook Scheme

This winter, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Apple violated US federal antitrust law by conspiring to fix the price of ebooks. The court called Apple's price fixing the "supreme evil of antitrust". Today, the Supreme Court has rejected Apple's appeal. Apple owes $US450 million to consumers who took part in a conditional class action settlement. And the Supreme Court rejection means it's time to pay.

The case began in 2012, when the Department of Justice filed an antitrust complaint against Apple. This complaint said Apple conspired with major publishing companies to raise the price of ebooks above the $US9.99 standard set by Amazon.

While Amazon almost got screwed, Jeff Bezos won't be getting that $US450 million windfall. Only lawyers will get a substantial chunk of the settlement. The rest will be doled out in tiny amounts to the up to 23 million people eligible for buying slightly more expensive ebooks a few years ago.

An Amazon spokesperson sent Gizmodo this comment about how the company will assist in getting eligible Kindle customers refunds: "We are ready to distribute the court-mandated settlement funds to Kindle customers as soon as we're instructed to move forward."


Comments

    Apple are crooks, lawyers are crooks.

      So by logical deduction all lawyers are apples? Or all apples lawyers? The first seems more likely.

        @steve f. Bob is french, jenny is french. All bobs are not jennys, neither are all jennys bobs.

          But some Bobs could be Jennys. I watched Mardi-Gras you know. So by extension then, some apples could be laywers, but not all, is that what you're saying?

      Apple has more money than God, do your think Apple will give a toss ? Somehow I don't think so.

        They won't care about the money - that's not an issue.

        They WILL care about their image being besmirched by an anti-trust case. Why else would they bother spending millions in a legal fight?

    I wish in these cases where the payout figure is huge, but the per-person benefit is tiny, and eaten up in administration, that their was an option for them to pay it to a charity instead.
    23 million people getting a $1 each after admin and lawyers take their cut seems pointless, but a 450 million dollar donation would make a real difference for say, restoring sight to people in non-industrialised countries.

    "The court called Apple’s price fixing the “supreme evil of antitrust”..."

    not a good look apple.

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