The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued the order on Wednesday after a three-week civil antitrust trial in June before Judge Denise Cote. The trial did not address the issue of monetary damages, which will be the subject of a future proceeding.
The court found Apple “played a central role in facilitating and executing” the conspiracy to raise E-book prices – and that “Apple’s orchestration” of the conspiracy was necessary to its success.
Five publishers – Hachette Book Group Inc.; HarperCollins Publishers LLC; Simon & Schuster Inc.; Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC d/b/a Macmillan; and Penguin Group (USA), Inc. – previously settled the states’ claims against them prior to trial, resulting in customers nationwide receiving $166 million in compensation when approved by the court.
Utah consumers will get about $1.5 million from the nationwide settlements with the five major book publishers. Assistant Attorneys General Ronald Ockey and David Sonnenreich represented Utah on the E-book cases