Apple chief told to testify in ebook case

By James Barnes

15 March 2013 at 11:24 BST

The chief executive of Californian technology giant Apple is to testify in a lawsuit brought by the US government to combat alleged price-fixing in the lucrative ebook market.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Haotian0905/Wikimedia

Tim Cook will appear in a trial later this year after Judge Denise Cote granted the Justice Department’s request in a Manhattan court on Wednesday, reports the Financial Times newspaper.
Apple stands accused of plotting with five other book publishers to raise the prices of digital books. However, the other five companies - Penguin Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and MacMillan - have all settled.

Personal knowledge

Apple had opposed the government’s insistence that Mr Cook testify as he had ‘no unique personal knowledge’ of the case, and lower-lever executives would be able to provide the same information.
Apple has accused the government of undertaking a ‘fishing expedition’ in trying to get Mr Cook to testify, but Justice Department lawyers have explained that they believe Mr Cook may have had conversations with the late Apple founder Steve Jobs about ebooks because of his ‘position and closeness to him’.


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