Apple to Fight U.S. e-books Pricing Claims in Antitrust Trial

By: Bob Van Voris | Bloomberg Businessweek

Apple Inc., accused by the U.S. of being the ringmaster in a conspiracy with publishers to fix prices of electronic books, is going to trial in a case Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook called bizarre and vowed to fight.

Lawyers for Apple and the U.S. Justice Department will begin their opening statements in Manhattan federal court today in a rare antitrust trial to determine whether Apple orchestrated an illegal price-fixing agreement when it entered the e-books market in 2010 with the introduction of the iPad.

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