According to Bloomsburg, Judge Denise Cote – the judge presiding over the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Apple about e-book price inflation in the iBookstore – has scheduled a phone conference for March 13. This is because the DoJ sent in a letter requesting “assistance in setting a discovery dispute” over the deposition of Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The lawsuit had to do with e-book publishers intentionally raising e-book prices through something called the “agency model,” which allows content holders to set their own prices on the iBookstore. The suit originally included a ton of e-book publishers, including Macmillan, Penguin, Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. However, in true Apple fashion, the Cupertino-based company is the only company still holding out. All of the other original defendants have settled out of court.
It will be interesting to see how this lawsuit affects future e-book prices. Do you think Apple will give in to the will of the DoJ, or will it pull yet another courtroom win. Sound off in the comments section below or let me know on twitter @TiP_Jake.