Apple's Cook may testify in ongoing DoJ e-book lawsuit

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook may give testimony in the U.S. Justice Department's suit against the Cupertino company, which alleges that collusion with major publishing houses led to the false inflation of e-book prices in the iBookstore.

Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook.


The report, which comes from Bloomberg, notes presiding Judge Denise Cote set a telephone conference for March 13 after the DoJ requested in letter form for "assistance in setting a discovery dispute" over Cook's deposition. The Department's filing was not made available to the public.

Of the original defendants, which included publishers Macmillan, Penguin, Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, Apple is the lone holdout as all other parties settled out of court.

Apple and the five publishing houses were accused of collusion to raise e-book prices through the so-called "agency model" that allows content holders to set their own prices on the iBookstore. In the pricing strategy, publishers are not allowed to sell their wares through other retailers under what is known as a most favored nations stipulation.

The agency model runs counter to the prevailing wholesale model employed by online retail giant Amazon, which lets resellers buy content in bulk and sell it at or below cost to drive sales numbers.

It was reported on Tuesday that notes from author Walter Isaacson, who wrote Apple cofounder Steve Jobs' only authorized biography, would not be incorporated into the proceedings. The interview notes, as well as a possible testimony from Isaacson, were dropped from the case in last week.

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  • Reply 1 of 8
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    Please, nobody be surprised if the new 'redefined' product category that Apple re-invents later this year is "Apple Law, Inc".
  • Reply 2 of 8
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,979member
    gtr wrote: »
    Please, nobody be surprised if the new 'redefined' product category that Apple re-invents later this year is "Apple Law, Inc".

    They're most certainly getting their money's worth from their lawyers.
  • Reply 3 of 8
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,525member
    gtr wrote: »
    Please, nobody be surprised if the new 'redefined' product category that Apple re-invents later this year is "Apple Law, Inc".

    I'm thinking Apple Bank. Now that the US Attorney General announced that they will not prosecute big banks for criminal offenses (the HSBC drug cartel money laundering case), banking is the place to be.
  • Reply 4 of 8
    ankleskaterankleskater Posts: 1,287member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post





    They're most certainly getting their money's worth from their lawyers.




    You don't get your money's worth until you win the case, or the case is settled in your favor.

  • Reply 5 of 8
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,979member

    You don't get your money's worth until you win the case, or the case is settled in your favor.

    They're not sitting idly by, every case brings them more experience.
  • Reply 6 of 8
    Shouldn't Siri be given the opportunity to defend it herself and be heard in the the court of law
  • Reply 7 of 8


    OMG..Freedom means the RIGHT to determine what a fair market price is to the Owner/publisher/author- Fair market pricing must cover operational expenses..OBAMA MUST BE MAD CAUSE HE CAN'T RETURN TO KENYA AS THE GREAT PROPHET WHO MADE A JOKE OUT OF AMERICA- this is related- the DOJ is a PURCHASED private paramilitary; Disney. IAC, all BUY by BRIBES NON-PROSECUTION...OBAMA came calling for APPLE CASH BRIBES- not happening with Mr. Cook..OK NOW THE STRONG ARM tactic of stealing through phony fees the profits of APPLE. Clintons taught Obama this trick- they did it to Mr. Gates- all Mr. Gates can do is vaccinate kids. He refused to pay the Clinton's bribe requests and THEIR DOJ ripped up Microsoft.


    OBAMA has made America the joke of the world- born in Kenya, adopted in INDONESIA, many names, NEVER THE NORMAL STATE DEPARTMENT REPORT OF A BIRTH ABROAD- no. NEVER THE Selective Service Sign-up no; has called himself a KENYAN as has his other half in public. DON'T LET THE DOJ GET A DIME MR COOK. MAKE THEM PROVE OBAMA meets the US Constitutional requirements for presidency.

  • Reply 8 of 8
    icoco3icoco3 Posts: 1,459member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Fortuna2U View Post


    OMG..Freedom means the RIGHT to determine what a fair market price is to the Owner/publisher/author- Fair market pricing must cover operational expenses..OBAMA MUST BE MAD CAUSE HE CAN'T RETURN TO KENYA AS THE GREAT PROPHET WHO MADE A JOKE OUT OF AMERICA- this is related- the DOJ is a PURCHASED private paramilitary; Disney. IAC, all BUY by BRIBES NON-PROSECUTION...OBAMA came calling for APPLE CASH BRIBES- not happening with Mr. Cook..OK NOW THE STRONG ARM tactic of stealing through phony fees the profits of APPLE. Clintons taught Obama this trick- they did it to Mr. Gates- all Mr. Gates can do is vaccinate kids. He refused to pay the Clinton's bribe requests and THEIR DOJ ripped up Microsoft.


    OBAMA has made America the joke of the world- born in Kenya, adopted in INDONESIA, many names, NEVER THE NORMAL STATE DEPARTMENT REPORT OF A BIRTH ABROAD- no. NEVER THE Selective Service Sign-up no; has called himself a KENYAN as has his other half in public. DON'T LET THE DOJ GET A DIME MR COOK. MAKE THEM PROVE OBAMA meets the US Constitutional requirements for presidency.



     


    Feel better now??  Come back when you can formulate a coherent comment.

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