Canadian lawyers are building up to a class-action suit against Apple and several major ebook publishers. The proposed action makes many of the same charges that the U.S. one does, seeking redress for Canadians who overpaid due to the companies’ alleged conspiracy to lessen competition and “fix, maintain, increase or control the prices of e-books.”
At least five suits have been filed in Ontario, Quebec and B.C. by firms that include Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman of Vancouver and Siskinds LLP of Ontario.
Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and their Canadian subsidiaries have been accused of contravening the Competition Act, but none has yet responded.
The suits contend that the collusion was designed to knock Amazon off its perch as the top ebook seller by preventing retailers from undercutting Apple’s prices, among other things. As a result, Canadians were forced to pay “as much as 50 per cent for most titles over Amazon’s previous prices.”
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