Another day, another lawsuit. The ebook price fixing allegations at the heart of a lawsuit (http://macte.ch/Q6Ygp) by the U.S. Department of Justice have taken hold in Canada, it seems.
A proposed class-action lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court by the Vancouver firm Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman alleges that Apple and a number of publishers engaged in a “conspiracy” to lessen competition and “fix, maintain, increase or control the prices of e-books.” It is the most recent of at least five such suits filed recently in courts in Ontario, Quebec and B.C., reports “The Globe & Mail” (http://macte.ch/QiT3G).
Along with Apple, the publishers targeted by the Canadian actions include Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers Inc., Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC, conducting business as Macmillan Publishers Inc., Penguin Group, Simon & Schuster, and their Canadian subsidiaries.