BREAKING: Apple Found GUILTY in eBooks Trial

Apple Found GUILTY in eBooks TrialA federal judge has issued his ruling today in the ongoing legal war between the U.S. Department of Justice and Apple regarding whether the Cupertino, California-based tech giant conspired with five major publishers to raise the retail prices of e-books.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan found “compelling evidence” that Apple violated federal antitrust law by playing a “central role” in a conspiracy with the publishers to eliminate retail price competition and raise e-book prices.

According to Reuters, the decision could expose Apple to “substantial damages.”

“Apple chose to join forces with the publisher defendants to raise e-book prices and equipped them with the means to do so,” Cote said in a 159-page decision. “Without Apple’s orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did.”

“This result is a victory for millions of consumers who choose to read books electronically,” Bill Baer, head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, subsequently stated. “This decision by the court is a critical step in undoing the harm caused by Apple’s illegal actions.”

Apple plans to appeal.