The government's e-book antitrust case against Apple makes perfect sense -- so long as you don't ask why Amazon was pricing below cost.
By Roger Parloff, senior editor
FORTUNE -- By the time summations concluded last week in the government's e-book antitrust suit against Apple, Apple had amply vindicated CEO Tim Cook's out-of-court characterization of the case as "bizarre."
Yet it still might not win. On the contrary, if federal judges read MOREJun 25, 2013 2:51 PM ET
Questioned repeatedly by the judge, does not dispute that they engaged in a conspiracy.
FORTUNE -- "I have no opinion."
That was Orin Snyder's first reply after U.S. District Judge Denise Cote questioned him early in his closing arguments in U.S.A. v. Apple, the antitrust case the Department of Justice filed against Apple (AAPL) and five publishers in April 2012.
We'll deal with what Apple's lead counsel said in his summation after we've heard MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 20, 2013 1:58 PM ET
Closing arguments are set for Thursday, and things are looking up for Apple.
FORTUNE -- It may be telling that before the case went to trial the Department of Justice thought it would need 30 hours to prove that Apple (AAPL) had conspired with five book publishers to raise the price of e-books, while Apple's lawyers only wanted 27 hours to defend their client. The two sides settled on 29 hours MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 20, 2013 7:02 AM ET
As a witness, Theresa Horner was everything Apple could hope for.
FORTUNE -- Barnes & Noble (BKS), the last of the nationwide brick-and-morter bookstore chains, plays only a bit part in the Department of Justice's antitrust case against Apple (AAPL). It was one of the "other retailers" that, alongside Amazon (AMZN), was forced to change its business model when Apple joined the cabal of book publishers conspiring to raise the price MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 19, 2013 7:07 AM ET
Shouldn't there be a law against beating a piece of evidence to death?
FORTUNE -- What started as a small "gotcha" moment last week in the cross examination of a mid-level Apple (AAPL) executive grew into a federal case -- literally -- on Monday, the ninth day of testimony in U.S.A. v. Apple.
The latest McGuffin in the Department of Justice's antitrust case against Apple is an e-mail signed by Steve Jobs and addressed MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 18, 2013 8:36 AM ET
On the day the U.S. is to close its antitrust case, Apple evokes the memory its late CEO.
FORTUNE -- "Once Steve decided he wanted to pursue the e-bookstore, he got more and more excited."
That was Apple (AAPL) senior vice president Eddy Cue, the alleged "ringmaster" of the conspiracy to raise e-book prices at the heart of U.S.A. v. Apple, being steered toward the end of his cross examination to talk about MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 17, 2013 1:56 PM ET
The DOJ will rest its case. Apple will present its defense. Summations on Thursday.
FORTUNE -- Eddy Cue, the alleged "ringmaster" of a conspiracy to raise e-book prices in 2010, returns to a Manhattan federal court Monday in the final four days of the Department of Justice's antitrust case against Apple (AAPL).
Having sailed through a grilling Thursday by the government's lawyer, the star witness of U.S.A. v. Apple will complete the friendly MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 17, 2013 5:47 AM ET
That's when Apple and Macmillan hatched a plot to sandbag Amazon, says the DOJ.
FORTUNE -- In its effort to prove that Apple (AAPL) "knowingly participated in and facilitated a conspiracy to raise prices of e-books" -- to use the judge's own words -- the Department of Justice has spent an inordinate amount of time cross-examining witnesses in the Apple e-book trial about a dinner that took place in Manhattan on MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 16, 2013 8:36 AM ET
If the government couldn't nail Eddy Cue -- and it didn't -- how's it going to win?
FORTUNE -- The Department of Justice spent a little over three hours Thursday cross-examining Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue -- the alleged "ringmaster" of an illegal conspiracy to raise the price of e-books -- and when it was over it wasn't clear whether the government had let its last best chance slip through MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 14, 2013 7:30 AM ET
Cue was at the center of what the DOJ calls an illegal scheme to fix the price of e-books.
FORTUNE -- Did Apple (AAPL) take advantage of the turmoil in the digital book market in late 2009 to negotiate favorable deals with five of the six biggest book publishers? Or was it, in fact, the "ringmaster" of an illegal conspiracy that reshaped the industry, forced Amazon (AMZN) and other retailers to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 13, 2013 7:20 AM ET
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