Walter Isaacson — the author of “Steve Jobs,” the bestselling book about the late Apple founder — won’t have to share his notes or testify in a case about alleged price-fixing between Apple and book publishers, reports “paidContent” (http://tinyurl.com/af66t6v).
Class action lawyers had earlier demanded that Isaacson provide evidence, based on his interviews with Steve Jobs, about why Jobs asked publishers to sell books on the iPad. However, the author refused to hand over his notes and invoked a New York law that allows journalists to shield their sources in many situations.
The lawyers, who want Apple to pay for allegedly fixing book prices, had subpoenaed Isaacson and said the reporters’ shield didn’t apply. However, court documents show the parties agreed to drop Isaacson from the case, notes “paidContent.”