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Indiana joins price-fixing suit against Apple

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Indiana has joined a multistate lawsuit against Apple Inc. and two publishing companies for price-fixing the cost of electronic books.

The suit alleges that Apple, Macmillan and Penguin Group planned to raise the prices of e-books, violating state and federal antitrust laws. Once Apple joined the e-book market in 2010, the suit claims that the two publishers conspired with Apple to shift their distribution model from retailer outlets like Amazon to a model that would allow publishers to set their prices and sell the books directly to customers. This allowed the publishers to charge more for the e-books, which forced other e-book retail outlets to increase their prices.

The lawsuit claims that e-book customers paid more than $100 million in overcharges that they wouldn’t have paid without the agreements between Apple and Penguin Group and Macmillan.

The suit includes 30 other states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The plaintiffs seek damages, restitution, civil penalties and injunctive and equitable relief to prevent the business practice from continuing. The amended complaint will need to be approved by the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York.

The U.S. Department of Justice recently filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five book publishers.

 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

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