A US District Court receives class action lawsuit alleging price-fixing of e-books sales between five major publishers and a leading electronic devices producer (Hachette Book, HarperCollins, Apple)

Is Apple forcing customers to pay more for e-books? - Global developments in the alleged e-book price-fixing case* European investigations On December 6, 2011 the European Commission announced that it opened formal proceedings to examine whether five major international publishers (Hachette Livre (Lagardère Publishing, France), Harper Collins (News Corp., USA), Simon & Schuster (CBS Corp., USA), Penguin (Pearson Group, United Kingdom) and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck (owner of inter alia Macmillan, Germany) have engaged in anti-competitive practices with regard to the sale of e-books in the European Union. The European Commission’s formal investigation was preceded by dawn raids conducted in March 2011 at various headquarters of publishers located in certain EU member

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Pola Karolczyk, A US District Court receives class action lawsuit alleging price-fixing of e-books sales between five major publishers and a leading electronic devices producer (Hachette Book, HarperCollins, Apple), 9 August 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin August 2011, Art. N° 41925

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