More e-Book Price-Fixing Lawsuits, This Time in Canada
From The Toronto Star:
“ebook price-fixing lawsuits hit Canada
Two law firms in Ontario and one in B.C. have named Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and their Canadian subsidiaries, in class action claims asserting the companies colluded to “fix, maintain, increase or control the price of ebooks” as Apple was preparing to launch the iPad two years ago.”
Alleging that Apple and leading publishers conspired to make readers pay more, Canadian lawyers have launched lawsuits echoing the e-book price-fixing investigations recently initiated in the U.S.
From The Globe and Mail: “Allegations of e-book price fixing hit Canada”
The allegations in the Canadian suits echo the allegations in the U.S., where the U.S. Justice Department has launched a high-profile antitrust suit.
“The U.S. case isn’t going to cover Canadian consumers. So it’s the same underlying facts, it’s the same consumer protection agenda, but it is for different consumers in a different country,” said lawyer Reidar Mogerman, who filed the suit in B.C. Supreme Court last week on behalf of plaintiff Denise E. McCabe, a non-practising Kamloops lawyer who has purchased a “significant” number of e-books.