JudgeIn a case that has been watched with interest from people in both the publishing and technology industries, a judge has ruled that Apple conspired to illegally raise ebook prices and keep down competitors.

The lawsuit was filed by the Department of Justice in 2012, alongside 33 states and territories of the US. Five publishers had also been sought and settled with massive penalties for each. But Apple held on through a trial, one that early on experts warned the company they would not win.

Now, Judge Denise Cote has made her ruling, stating that there was substantial evidence to support the claims that Apple violated anti-trust laws. This evidence included phone calls, emails, recalled conversations with the accused publishers, and even words from the late Steve Jobs who appears to have been at the center of the scheme.

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