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Here’s the DOJ’s E-Book-Pricing Case Against Apple (Slide Deck)

ebook_case_slide1Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. That seems to be the gist of the U.S. Justice Department’s case against Apple in a trial over whether the company conspired with five major book publishers to fix prices in the e-book market.

In opening arguments this morning, DOJ attorney Lawrence Buterman presented a broad overview of the government’s case against Apple, offering up a bevy of email and phone record evidence that he claimed showed the company rallying publishers around a new electronic book business model that drove up the price of e-books just prior to the 2010 introduction of the iPad. “Apple’s conduct cannot be excused,” Buterman said. “Consumers in this country paid hundreds of millions of dollars more for e-books than they would have.”

Below, the full slideshow Buterman is using to argue the case:


U.S. v. Apple et al Opening Slides

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