Apple CEO Tim Cook Ordered to Testify in E-Books Antitrust Lawsuit

Apple CEO Tim Cook Ordered to Testify in E-Books Antitrust Lawsuit

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A U.S. District Judge has ordered Apple CEO Tim Cook to sit for a deposition in the antitrust lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against the company over alleged e-book price-fixing, reports Reuters.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan granted the Justice Department##Q##s request to compel Cook to testify for four hours in the lawsuit, which accuses Apple of conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.

The government had argued Cook likely had relevant information about Apple##Q##s entry into the e-books market. It also said Cook likely had conversations related to e-books with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who died in 2011.

The lawsuit was originally filed in April of 2012, and has focused on the so-called ##Q##agency model##Q## for pricing ebooks that Apple attempted to negotiate with a number of publishers.

The Department of Justice has settled with all of the book publishers initially accused, while Apple remains the main target of the suit.

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