Hagens Berman

Lawyers acting for the plaintiffs in the case against Apple and major publishers in the US over e-book price fixing have filed an amended complaint with further details on their claims. The complaint, filed by law firm Hagens Berman on 20th January, limits the suit to Apple, HarperCollins, Penguin, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan, calling them the "Agency Five". The complaint states that Hachette Livre c.e.o. Arnaud Nourry talked with other publishers about what an acceptable price point for e-books would be, and then met with an Amazon executive on 3rd December 2009, telling them that if Amazon

It looks like 2012 is shaping up to be an interesting year for publishers and the agency model. With multiple class action lawsuits filed this summer against publishers over the 2010 switch to the agency model (some also including Amazon and Barnes & Noble), the matter has been referred to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL Panel) to coordinate and consolidate the cases, either in New York or Northern California. According to Barnes & Noble's quartlerly filing with the SEC, the MDL Panel met on December 1, 2011, and the deadline for filing motions to dismiss

If Amazon (AMZN) is the 500-lbs. gorilla in the e-book trade, why has Apple's much smaller iBookstore been targeted? The answer lies in a deal that Steve Jobs cut with the five publishers named in the probe shortly before the iPad press conference in January 2010, when he announced the formation of the iBookstore.

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