I thought the judge was coming around to Apple's point of view. I was wrong.
FORTUNE -- The benches were hard. The courtroom was over-cooled. The reporting challenges were daunting (no Wi-Fi, no cellphones, no laptops). But the drama that unfolded over three weeks of testimony was compelling, and I was happy to be one of a handful of reporters who sat through the whole thing.
I thought I had a good handle MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 11, 2013 8:28 AM ET
Apple's appeal of the trial judge's verdict will hinge on the last 38 pages of her decision.
FORTUNE -- The first 122 pages of the 160-page ruling against Apple (AAPL) that U.S. District Judge Denise Cote handed down on Wednesday could have been written before the trial began.
In fact, most of them probably were.
Judge Cote was familiar with the case from having supervised the proceedings by which the five so-called Publisher MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 10, 2013 1:30 PM ET
Judge: "Apple seized the moment and brilliantly played its hand."
FORTUNE -- In a 160-page ruling following a three-week bench trial, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote has found that Apple (AAPL) did indeed violate the Sherman antitrust act by conspiring with five publishers to raise the price of e-books.
The key paragraph:
"The Plaintiffs have shown that the Publisher Defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 10, 2013 10:06 AM ET
Squeezed by Amazon, the No. 2 maker of e-readers is exiting the color tablet business.
FORTUNE -- If Apple (AAPL) manages to win U.S.A. v. Apple, the e-book antitrust suit that closed last week, it will be thanks in large part to the testimony of Theresa Horner, Barnes & Noble's (BKS) vice president of digital content.
It was her story about what the e-book market looked like to Barnes & Noble in late 2009 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 25, 2013 12:43 PM ET
What do the patterns in Judge Cote's queries tell us about where the case is headed?
FORTUNE -- Veteran court watchers will tell you that it's dangerous to read too much into the questions judges ask during closing arguments in a trial. Some are probing, some are rhetorical, and in some cases the judge may be playing devil's advocate, seeming to take positions he or she doesn't actually hold.
Still, in a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 23, 2013 12:55 PM ET
It's as if Apple and the U.S. government were talking about two different cases.
FORTUNE -- "At some level, this is an old fashioned price fixing case," Mark Ryan told the court as he presented the government's closing arguments in U.S.A. v. Apple -- the e-book antitrust case that ended Thursday with summations from both sides.
Ryan started, as he put it, at the end of the story -- with the chart MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 21, 2013 10:54 AM ET
She waited until the penultimate day of a three-week trial to share her feelings.
FORTUNE -- U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, who played her cards close to the chest throughout the proceedings of the Department of Justice's antitrust case against Apple (AAPL), opened up a bit on Wednesday.
It started with the declaration of her feelings for her iPad, and ended with something that could be more material to the outcome of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 19, 2013 1:52 PM ET
Hammered by the DOJ on the effect of higher e-book prices on consumers.
FORTUNE -- With Eddy Cue finally where the Department of Justice has long wanted to put him -- in the witness chair in federal court facing civil antitrust charges -- the government seemed more interested in shaming him for raising the prices of e-books than in parsing the details of the laws he is alleged to have broken.
According MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 13, 2013 1:45 PM ET
The old joke among Apple insiders was that the ship leaked from the top.
FORTUNE -- Dan McCuaig, one of the Department of Justice attorneys in U.S.A. v. Apple, waited until the last hour of the sixth day of the e-book antitrust trial to pull out his smoking gun.
The witness, Keith Moerer, head of Apple's (AAPL) iBookstore, had been on the stand for four hours. He had testified repeatedly that Apple never asked MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 12, 2013 7:15 AM ET
Judge Cote may be backing away from her preliminary view of the DOJ's antitrust case.
FORTUNE -- A subtle but potentially important shift took place Thursday in the Manhattan federal courthouse where U.S. District Judge Denise Cote just wrapped up the first week of the three-week civil antitrust case known as U.S.A. v. Apple.
One of the central questions in the case is whether Apple (AAPL) executives told the six biggest book MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 7, 2013 7:41 AM ET
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