Apple has formally appealed the Department of Justice’s ebooks antitrust case, via the Associated Press. Previously, Apple has only officially complained about the power of the appointed monitor — now they are asking for the entire case to be re-evaluated.
Apple claims it was ignorant of any inter-publisher price fixing and that Apple setup iBooks through legal arrangements without knowledge of any behind-the-scenes collusion.
Apple said that the ruling is a “radical departure” from modern antitrust law. In the appeal documents, Apple said that its entrance into ebooks increased competition and resulted in “higher output, lower price levels, and accelerated innovation”.
Apple has also asked for the external compliance monitor to be suspended pending a decision on the appeal. Apple has shown a distaste to Bromwich, asking for his removal just weeks after he was instated.
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