DOJ e-book price fixing trial set for June 3, 2013

The Department of Justice’s trial against Apple, Penguin and Macmillan, who are accused of colluding to fix prices on e-books, will take place in a little under a year, on June 3, 2013, presiding U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ruled Friday. Bloomberg Businessweek reported the news.

The three other publishers named as defendants — Simon & Schuster, Hachette and HarperCollins — are settling with the DOJ and with the states. Bloomberg reports that Connecticut Assistant Attorney General Gary Becker told Judge Cote yesterday that “a settlement with the three publishers and all 50 states would be agreed to by August 10.”

The date set for next year’s trial coincides with the beginning of BookExpo America, the largest trade book fair in the U.S., which will run from June 4-6, 2013.

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