Apple CEO Tim Cook to Testify in eBook Antitrust Case

apple-rottenU.S. District Judge Denise Cote dashed the hopes of Apple today when she granted a request from the US Dept of Justice. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple since he took over the reins from Steve Jobs in 2011 is now going to be required to sit for a deposition. The US govt wants to question Tim Cook for information on Apple's role in the conspiracy to bring about Agency eBook Pricing.

Apple had tried to fight the request with the argument that it would "cumulative and duplicative" since 11 other Apple executives had already been questioned. Unfortunately for Apple that argument did not hold water.

The judge ruled that the CEO was a valid witness, and given that Steve Jobs had died before Apple's misdeeds were brought to light it made sense to question his replacement. Judge Cote cited the death of Jobs as a key reason in ordering the deposition: "Because of that loss, I think the government is entitled to take testimony from high-level executives within Apple about topics relevant to the government case," as well as to counter Apple's defense arguments, she said.

Apple is the sole remaining defendant in an anti-trust lawsuit that was filed last year. Their 5 co-conspirators, Macmillan, Penguin, S&S, HarperCollins, and Hachette have all settle with the US Dept of Justice as well as the similar lawsuit brought by some of the US states.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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