Guilty: Apple requests Supreme Court reverse decision

Apple has made a request to the US Supreme Court to overturn an appellate decision that found them guilty of conspiring with publishers to increase e-book prices.

They made their request last week, asking the high court to review a ruling from June that favored the US Department of Justice, finding the company liable for engaging in a conspiracy that violated federal antitrust laws.

If upheld, the decision would see Apple pay $450 million to consumers under a 2014 settlement with 33 state attorneys general and consumers.

In their petition, the company said, “The Second Circuit’s decision will harm competition and the national economy.” The second Circuit’s ruling in July 2013 found that Apple played a “central role” in a conspiracy with publishers to eliminate retail price competition and raise e-book prices. The Justice Department found that their scheme caused some e-book prices to rise as high as $14.99 from the $9.99 price charged by Amazon.

Publishers found guilty of conspiring with Apple include Lagardere SCA’s Hachette Book Group Inc., News Corp’s HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Penguin Group Inc, CBS Corp’s Simon & Schuster Inc. and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH’s Macmillan.

The Justice Department has declined comment.

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