Apple files appeal in e-book antitrust case

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Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 5:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is telling a federal appeals court in New York that a judge's finding that it violated antitrust laws by manipulating electronic book prices "is a radical departure" from modern antitrust law that will "chill competition and harm consumers" if allowed to stand.

Apple filed its formal written arguments late Tuesday before the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The company is asking the appeals court to overturn the judgment in Apple's favor, or grant a new trial in front of a different judge.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote concluded last year that Apple colluded with book publishers to raise electronic book prices. She appointed Washington lawyer Michael Bromwich as monitor for two years after concluding Apple was not doing enough to ensure it no longer violated antitrust laws.

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