Closing Arguments: DOJ Spells It Out

shutterstock_73386106Judge Denise Cote heard the closing arguments from both the defendant Apple and the plaintiff the U.S. government in what has been a riveting three weeks of testimony in regards to alleged ebook price-fixing by Apple and five of the largest U.S. publishers.
 
Perhaps in response to a perceived shift in Judge Cote’s feelings on the case – from favoring the government’s arguments to favoring Apple’s – the DOJ spelled out the laws at issue in the case and then sought to show how it proved its case in a 119 page slide deck.
 
The government pulled out three phrases it found to be key in a previous ruling that helped define the law: conscious commitment; common scheme; and unlawful objective. In the rest of the deck, sections with these headings painstakingly laid out the government’s case.
 
Read more, including what remedy (read: punishment) the DOJ proposed the Judge apply to Apple should she rule in the government’s favor, and the full slide deck.
 


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The rest of the day’s top news:

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UK Library Ebook Advocacy (The Bookseller)
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Cengage Appoints Ex-Pearson Exec as CMO (DBW)
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Amazon: World Builders (DBW)
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Facebook’s Instagram Launches Competitor to Twitter’s Vine (C|Net)
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