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A U.S. federal judge denied a bid by Apple Inc on Wednesday to hold off a trial in a case brought by state attorneys general accusing the company of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in a brief order said the July 14 trial had already been postponed once and should go forward, paving the way for more than two dozen states to pursue hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

Legal developments around the Apple ebook price fixing debacle are not exactly going Cupertino’s way. Most recently, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, to no one’s great surprise, returned a negative response to Apple’s motion to dismiss the damage claims brought by 33 states of the Union in their previous parallel case alongside the U.S. Justice […]

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) faces as much as $840 million in state and consumer antitrust claims related to electronic-book deals with publishers that led to a U.S. lawsuit and court-ordered monitor. State attorneys general and consumers who sued the world's most valuable technology company over its e-book pricing are seeking $280 million in damages and want that amount tripled, a lawyer for them said in a filing yesterday with the federal judge in Manhattan who presided over the U.S. case against Apple.

A bitter battle between Apple Inc and a lawyer appointed to monitor its compliance with a court antitrust ruling escalated on Monday, as the U.S. government and the monitor both hit back at Apple. Over the last two months, Apple has launched a broad legal attack on the monitor, Michael Bromwich, who was appointed by a federal judge after a ruling that the company conspired to fix e-book prices.

Apple and the Justice Department will make closing arguments on Thursday in a closely-watched trial over whether the retail giant brokered an illegal conspiracy with publishers to fix the price of ebooks.

The case has provided more drama than expected, with nostalgic discussions of Steve Jobs and a concession on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote that the issues have “somewhat shifted” during the trial and that “things change.” Cote had earlier raised eyebrows during a pre-trial hearing when she said her “tentative view” was…

Eddy Cue, the alleged "ringmaster" of a conspiracy to raise e-book prices in 2010, returns to a Manhattan federal court Monday in the final four days of the Department of Justice's antitrust case against Apple (AAPL).

Having sailed through a grilling Thursday by the government's lawyer, the star witness of U.S.A. v. Apple will complete the friendly questioning that Apple's chief counsel began Thursday afternoon.

Among the topics they are expected to cover Monday are a dinner with Macmillan's CEO that the government finds suspicious and a "smoking gun" e-mail from Steve Jobs

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