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Apropos my Weekly Update this week on the Justice Department’s price-fixing case against Apple and two leading publishers, the department has now released its formal response to the public comments on its proposed settlement of similar charges with three other publishers. You can read the full 64-page document here. The department announced the settlement in April and posted the proposed consent decree on its web site for comment. You can find links to all 868 it received here. Most of those it got were critical of the department for bringing the case and criticized the settlement for effectively reinforcing Amazon’s dominant position in the e-book market. But DOJ was having none of it, calling the critics “self-interested” and accusing them of misrepresented the government’s position. Entertaining reading.