After the tech giant agrees to pay millions in the e-book price-fixing lawsuit, the presiding judge says, "I'm concerned about the terms of the settlement."
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The end to a public fight between the publishing industry and the massive e-book distributor could spell relief for authors. It also gives Amazon customers access, finally, to Hachette titles.
US District Court Judge Denise Cote originally took issue with the settlement because Apple could end up only paying $70 million.
The settlement hinges on the success or failure of the company's appeal of a ruling that found it conspired with publishers to fix prices.
The settlement comes less than a month before the scheduled beginning of the trial, in which $840 million in damages was sought from Apple.
The petition sought emergency stay pending the resolution of an appeal concerning the case's class status.
Judge says the antitrust lawsuit filed by state attorneys general has already been delayed two months and should begin on July 14.
Judge rejects Apple's argument that states lack standing in the case, which seeks as much as $840 million in damages.
Apple calls judge's ruling that it conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices "a radical departure from modern antitrust law and policy."
US Judge Denise Cote, who ruled that Apple conspired to fix e-book prices, denies the company's attempt to throw off a monitor that was appointed to oversee its antitrust compliance.