According to a report out of Reuters, Tim Cook is now being forced to give a deposition for 4 hours in the eBook price-fixing case that has been going on for quite some time now. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan granted the Justice Dept.’s request of requiring the CEO provide the information. Apple has said that this is pointless, as 11 other execs have already been called in:
The government had argued Cook likely had relevant information about Apple’s entry into the e-books market. It also said Cook likely had conversations related to e-books with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who died in 2011.
Apple had fought the request, calling his testimony “cumulative and duplicative” since the government had already deposed 11 other executives at the iPad maker.
The report states that the Judge’s main point in granting the request is the death of former CEO Steve Jobs, as Cook was very close with him, and would most likely have any information that Jobs would have been able to provide. Apple is the last to remain in the case, as the 4 others associated have already made settlements. That is typical of Apple though.
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