US: Apple fails to delay state eBooks damages trial

A Federal Appeals Court denied Apple’s request for a stay in a case in which 33 states are seeking damages of up to $800 million from Apple’s alleged eBooks price-fixing scheme, according to reports.

Apple had requested the stay because another appeal is currently underway regarding whether class action status should have been granted to the case. But the Appeals Court said that the pending appeal was not a sufficient reason to delay proceedings.

The states’ case follows the US Department of Justice’s suit against Apple over claims the company and major eBook publishers colluded to fix eBook prices. US District Judge Denise Cote ruled against Apple and ordered an external monitor to oversee Apple’s adherence to antitrust law.

The states are now seeking damages from that alleged price-fixing scheme; Judge Cote is presiding over this case as well.

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