Report Declan McCullagh and Greg Sandoval:
The U.S. Justice Department’s legal pursuit of Apple for alleged e-book price fixing stretches the boundaries of antitrust law and is likely to end in defeat.
To be clear, that’s just the case against Apple. McCullagh and Sandoval note that the case against the publishers themselves seems much stronger. Given the evidence laid out right now, they’ll simply have a hard time proving that Apple was colluding in this from the beginning.
The fact remains that what this really is about is Amazon versus the publishing industry. We’ll see how this plays out but Apple appears to be more of a (albeit willing) pawn.