HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster are some of the publishers who are accused of conspiring with Apple to fix box prices to compete with Amazon's consumer-friendly prices.

This article titled “Apple and major publishers face lawsuit over ebook ‘price fixing'” was written by Alison Flood, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 11th August 2011 14.37 UTC

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in the US alleging that Apple and five major publishers “colluded … to illegally fix prices” of ebooks.

The lawsuit, filed by law firm Hagens Berman in California northern district court, claims that HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster conspired with Apple to increase ebook prices in order “to boost profits and force ebook rival Amazon to abandon its pro-consumer discount pricing”, and that they are “in violation of a variety of federal and state antitrust laws”.

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