Apple’s inevitable victory over the inimicable US Department of Justice has been put on hold.
An update to the US Supreme Court website reveals that the USSC has extended the filing deadline for all parties to 4 January 2016.
Apple has already filed its appeal of the July 2013 ruling which found that the gadget maker had conspired with five publishers to raise and fix ebook prices, so this extension will mainly affect the DoJ by giving it more time to file its brief.
In related news, the court docket also mentions that the USSC has consented to “the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party”. In other words, now the publishers, as well as everyone else, have a chance to voice their legal opinions.
I’m rather hoping someone takes them up on it, and uses the opportunity to counter Apple’s argument that Judge Denise Cote erred in ruling Apple’s actions illegalper se under the Sherman antitrust act, rather than analyzing the conspiracy under the rule of reason.
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