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Apple eBook Price Fixing Trial Begins

Defense lawyers point out no market newcomer's ever been charged with anticompetitive practicses before

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Apple conspired with publishers to increase ebooks prices, costing readers "hundreds of millions of dollars", an antitrust trial heard yesterday.

In opening arguments reported by Reuters and others, Lawrence Buterman, a lawyer at the US Department of Justice, claimed Apple offered publishers a means to raise their prices from the low figures they were forced to accept with web bookseller Amazon.