After months of waiting, the class action lawsuit alleging that Apple played foul with its iBooks customers by fixing the price of e-books may at least be coming to an end. Today U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote accepted Apple's $450 million proposal to settle the suit, although she expressed concern regarding the timing of the proposal.
When patent trolls are hungry, they reach for Apple. And when they do, they often get fed. In the bizarre world of US patent law, even when your case has little merit, you're probably going to get paid anyway.
After losing the bizarre eBook trial with the United States Department of Justice in July, Apple awaited whatever sanctions the court was deliberating on handing out. On Friday, the DOJ proposed its settlement with Apple based on its ruling the company was indeed guilty of conspiring to fix eBook prices.