Apple said the charge for violating antitrust laws should be dropped because the company was unaware that the publishers were engaged in a plot to fix the prices of ebooks.
“Apple was unaware that publishers were engaged in a conspiracy or any other agreement in December 2009. It was not illegal for Apple to take advantage of the discord in the retail market by using legitimate agency contracts to enter the market and compete with Amazon. ” states the Cupertino company in the filing.
The July 2013 decision by a federal judge was based on a flawed theory of liability, Apple said in a filing yesterday in the US Court of Appeal in New York. As a reminder, the Department of Justice mentioned a fine of $ 840 million in compensation for ebook customers in 33 states (read: Ebooks: Apple could pay $ 840 million).