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Amazon Continues to Face Ebook Monopoly Claims
Andrew Albanese writes the following in “Judge Finds Revived Amazon E-Book Monopoly Suit Should Proceed” for Publishers Weekly:
For a second time in two years, a magistrate judge in New York has recommended that a consumer class action lawsuit accusing the Big Five publishers of colluding with Amazon to fix e-book prices should be dismissed. But while the judge recommended tossing the case against the publishers, the court found that monopolization and attempted monopolization claims against Amazon should proceed. …
While the monopolization claim against Amazon may now proceed, Amazon and the publishers have insisted claims of coordination or conspiracy are ‘implausible’ and unsupported by any evidence. And, as she did in her dismissal recommendation a year ago, [magistrate judge Valerie] Figueredo once again recommended tossing the case against the publishers, finding no evidence of coordination either among the Big Five publishers, or between the publishers and Amazon. Notably, the revised suits attempted to use evidence presented by the Department of Justice in its successful case blocking Penguin Random House’s acquisition of Simon & Schuster as evidence of potential collusive behavior, but Figueredo was unpersuaded.
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