Facing a jury trial next month with $840 million in potential damage claims on the line in a dispute over alleged e-book price fixing, Apple has instead decided to settle out of court to make the problem go away.
The Justice Department's lawsuit against Apple and a gang of e-book publishers has been brewing for over a year. Now, just a few days before the trial is set to begin, Apple finds itself as the lone defendant in the case, as every other company involved has settled out of court. Is Cupertino willing to settle as well just to make the whole thing go away? Not a chance, says Tim Cook.
Is Apple the dark ringmaster of a vast e-book conspiracy designed to hurt consumers, or a champion of the arts and innovation? Also, is Cupertino running a crime syndicate bent on scamming you with rigged power buttons? Interesting questions without clear answers. Let's take a look and go over what we know so far.
This week we look at how Apple and a Swedish photographer don't see eye to eye over a disputed image, how new developments in an ebooks antitrust case may bump up your iTunes account, and yet another move in the global chess match with Samsung. It's all fun and games until someone uses an eye!
We sure spend an awful lot of time talking about Apple's courtroom adventures these days. Whether it's patent lawsuits, or charges against Polish grocery stores, Cupertino is keeping its legal team busy. But in case you had forgotten, Apple is still tied up in a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice over antitrust allegations in electronic book pricing.