Challenge of Apple’s ebook settlement rejected by US appeal court
A challenge to Apple’s $450 million payment to settle claims that it conspired to deliberately fix ebook prices with five other book publishers was rejected by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. The verdict was made against the challenge filed by Oklahoma resident John Bradley, who claimed that the settlement wasn’t fair to consumers.
U.S. District Judge Denise Cote originally approved the settlement agreement in July 2014 between Apple and U.S. federal and state governments. However, since then, Apple has appealed that settlement decision. Bradley claimed that Judge Cote should have waited until the appeal was decided before making the decision on whether or not the settlement was fair to consumers. However, the three judges on the appeals court rejected Bradley’s challenge.
Apple has filed a request for the U.S. Supreme Court for the settlement ruling to be overturned but so far the court hasn’t to revealed if it will take on the case.