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Judge tosses booksellers' suit against publishers, Amazon

from Publishers Weekly

Federal Judge Jed Rakoff has dismissed a lawsuit filed by independent booksellers against Amazon and the big six publishers that alleged a murky conspiracy to restrain trade via Amazon's use of proprietary DRM in its Kindle e-reading platform. In his 18-page decision tossing the suit, Rakoff found that the booksellers' core claim — that the publishers had engaged in a conspiracy with Amazon to keep rivals from selling e-books on the Kindle — had no supporting evidence and no plausible motive. more

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