New Agency Pricing lawsuit filed

Another anti-trust lawsuit has been filed to day, which now makes (I believe) 4 lawsuits in process in various parts of the US. ( Can you believe that it’s only been 2 weeks since the first lawsuit was filed?)

Like the others, this is a class-action suit. It was filed by Finkelstein Thompson and it goes after all of the Big 6 publishers (and Apple). There’s no word on the  umber of defendants but it looks like Finkelstein Thompson have decided to complicate the issue by also suing  under anti-trust laws for the states of CA and MD as well as under federal laws. That could get interesting.

But other than as a technical matter, this really isn’t all that interesting. These lawsuits won’t settle anything in any reasonable amount of time.

Remember, the Google Books lawsuit is still going on after 6 years. If this suit is resolved in less than that then I will be terribly surprised. In fact, I ;ve said it before but it bears repeating. By the time this lawsuit is settled, the ebook market will have changed enough that the settlement will look a little ridiculous as well as irrelevant.



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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Edward Renehan23 August, 2011

    The antitrust slant is interesting … because it may well be also valid. This will be cool to watch play out.

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