(US) Ebook Pricing Antitrust Suit (Definitely) Not Dismissed

Those following the US antitrust litigation against Apple and five of the big publishers in respect of ebook pricing by now will have seen Judge Cote’s decision to deny the defendants’ motion to dismiss the class action suit by consumers. The Opinion & Order, In Re Electronic Books Antitrust Litigation 11 MD 2293 (DLC) makes for quite interesting reading. I read a PDF of the Opinion last night, and the Opinion’s also been uploaded to Scribd.

It’s been a long while since I’ve read one of these, but it’s evident from the Opinion that Judge Cote had no difficulty allowing the consumers’ antitrust complaint to proceed. At all.

Analysis and review of the ruling abounds this morning. Financial Post via Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters News & Insight give good, non-technical overviews, and good legal commentary, including a blog post from a lawyer-author. (A hat tip to Robert Richards for the latter.)

Now, what will happen in the Quebec litigation?

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