DoJ ruling set for next June

DoJ ruling set for next June

Penguin, Macmillan and Apple must wait just under a year for the ruling on the e-book price fixing lawsuit, according to reports.

The trial date for the Department of Justice's e-book price-fixing lawsuit has been set for 3rd June 2013, with Judge Denise Cote choosing the date just under a year from now. The trial will test Apple, Macmillan and Penguin's case, which denies collusion and price-fixing over e-books.

Meanwhile, the settlement agreement entered into by the three other publisher defendents, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, with the Department of Justice and the states over the cas, should be agreed "by 10th August".

The Department of Justice filed the suit against the publishers and the technology company on 11th April this year, finding that the five US publishers and Apple had made a "collective effort to end retail price competition by coordinating their transition to an agency model across all retailers".