US: Apple trying to rush case

2012-06-22 16:01
The US has accused Apple of trying to rush an antitrust case. (AP)

The US has accused Apple of trying to rush an antitrust case. (AP)

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New York - The US government says Apple wants to rush its New York antitrust lawsuit over the price of electronic books by finishing evidence gathering by year's end.

The government said in a letter filed in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday that it wants until March to finish gathering facts in a lawsuit it brought this year.

Government lawyers told a judge there is much to be learned about the scope and identity of individuals who participated in a conspiracy between publishers and Apple to set book prices.

In its own letter, Apple said its approach reflects a "special urgency" in resolving the case because litigation creates marketplace uncertainties, and affects competitive conditions and the public interest.

A hearing in the case was set for Friday.
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