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Apple officially appeals ebook price-fixing case

Apple’s ready to turn the page on the ebook price-fixing case: Late this week, the company officially filed its appeal against the July 10 decision by U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote. News of the appeal, which also targets the injunction levied by Judge Cote on September 6, was first reported by GigaOm.

The September injunction put in place restrictions on the way Apple could conduct its ebook business over the next several years, including the use of so-called “most-favored nation” clauses, as well as laying out the need for internal and external compliance monitors. The company had made clear at the time of Judge Cote’s decision its intention to appeal the ruling.

Despite filing its paperwork with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, GigaOm’s Laura Hazard Owen points out that Apple is not required to submit formal arguments until next year.

Separately, publisher Simon & Schuster—which was one of the first to settle with the Department of Justice—has also filed an appeal on the same injunction, complaining that it is disadvantaged by the action, which would see it unable to re-negotiate ebook contracts with Apple for a period of 36 months.

So prepare yourself for another exciting round of legal wrangling! We haven’t yet closed the book on this case.

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