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Apple is last holdout in DOJ e-book case
It must feel pretty lonely in the Apple legal department today. Media and wire service reports say that Apple is the only company that has not made an out-of-court settlement with the US Department of Justice in a price-fixing investigation over the price of e-books.

Macmillan has just settled with government investigators, so now book retailers, including Amazon, will be able to discount books from all the major publishers. Penguin, Hachette, Simon and Schuster and HarperCollins have already settled.

The publishers, and Apple, were accused of collusion in e-book pricing. The government charged that consumers were left with books that were more expensive than if there was competition.

Apple has denied all the charges, and it isn't known whether Apple will settle or fight the case in federal court. The charges were brought last April.

Apple is last holdout in DOJ e-book case originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 08 Feb 2013 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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february 2013 by edbrewer
U.S. probing how pay-TV industry affects online competitors - latimes.com
The Justice Department is looking at whether Comcast and other pay-TV operators are engaging in practices that could derail or hold back competition from such broadband distributors as Netflix.
Summer  2012  June  DepartmentofJustice  Comcast  Netflix 
july 2012 by ahasteve
US sheriff sued for 'profiling'
The US Department of Justice has sued an Arizona sheriff accused of racially profiling Latinos, among other alleged civil rights violations.

The lawsuit alleges sloppy police work and a disregard for minority rights by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

US officials wanted the sheriff to agree to train his officers in how to perform duties such as traffic stops.

But Sheriff Arpaio, who denies the allegations, said the department’s demands would nullify his authority.

The self-styled toughest sherriff in the US, he shot to prominence forcing prisoners to wear pink underwear.

Assistant US Attorney General Thomas Perez told a news conference on Thursday: “We have invariably been able to work collaboratively with law enforcement agencies to build better departments and safer communities.”

He added that Sheriff Arpaio’s Maricopa County office had been “a glaring exception”.

In one case cited by the lawsuit, a sheriff’s officer stopped a Latino woman - a US citizen who was five months pregnant - as she pulled into her driveway and insisted she sit on the hood of her car.

“When she refused, the officer grabbed her arms, pulled them behind her back, and slammed her, stomach first, into the vehicle three times,” the suit said.

The woman failed to show she had motor insurance, but the matter was resolved when she provided such proof to a court, the lawsuit said.

In December, the justice department released a scathing report accusing his office of multiple offences, including punishing Hispanic jail inmates for speaking Spanish.

He previously apologised for his office’s botching of sex-crime investigations, including child abuse allegations. When cases were reopened, 19 arrests were made.

On the eve of the lawsuit, Sheriff Arpaio said: “If they sue, we’ll go to court. And then we’ll find out the real story. They’re telling me how to run my organisation.”

Maricopa County has also been under investigation for criminal abuse-of-power allegations since at least December 2009, an inquiry which has focused on the sheriff’s anti-public corruption squad.
USA  legal  crime  DepartmentOfJustice  HumanRights  JoeArpaio  justice  discrimination  DeptOfJustice  CivilRights  politics  from instapaper
may 2012 by jtyost2
AT&T abandons T-Mobile merger plans (updated)
AT&T has officially given up on its plans to buy out T-Mobile. In a statement, the company said it had agreed with Deutsche Telekom to cease pursuing a merger, which has come under increasing scrutiny from both the government and advocacy groups. The failed attempt to snatch up its smaller, German-owned competitor will ultimately cost Ma Bell $4 billion and it's not paying those dues without some grumbling. In the release the FCC and DOJ bear the brunt of AT&T's ire, which are accused of harming customers and exasperating the already looming spectrum shortage. Of course, this also hurts the carrier's ability to compete with Verizon which has been on a spectrum buying spree as of late. As a consolation prize Deutsche Telekom and AT&T have entered a roaming agreement, though the structure of that deal and whether it's purely international or domestic roaming remains to be seen. The complete press release from AT&T can be found after the break.Continue reading AT&T abandons T-Mobile merger plans (updated)
AT&T abandons T-Mobile merger plans (updated) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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ATT  breaking_news  buy  department_of_justice  DepartmentOfJustice  Deutsche_Telekom  Deutsche_Telekom_AG  DeutscheTelekom  DeutscheTelekomAg  DOJ  FCC  federal_communications_commission  FederalCommunicationsCommission  ma_bell  MaBell  merger  mobilepostcross  purchase  spectrum  t-mo  t-mobile  tmobile  from google
december 2011 by jasonpbecker
US government files to block proposed AT&T / T-Mobile merger (update: companies respond)
You heard right. Bloomberg is reporting that the United States government (!) just filed court papers in Washington, D.C. to block the much ballyhooed tie-up between AT&T and T-Mobile USA. Oddly enough, T-Mobile and AT&T promised this morning that a total of 5,000 jobs would be hand delivered to the US if the two telcos were allowed to become one, but it'll take a heck of a lot more convincing now. For what it's worth, this doesn't mean that the deal is or isn't happening -- it's just another step in the process -- but it most certainly doesn't bode well for proponents. Nor for AT&T's share price.

According to the report, the Justice Department feels that the deal would "substantially lessen competition" in the wireless space. In fact, it boldly stated the following: "AT&T's elimination of T-Mobile as an independent, low-priced rival would remove a significant competitive force from the market." If things end up falling apart, it's important to remember that AT&T would be forced to pay Deutsche Telekom $3 billion as a break-up fee, which ought to make Tiger Woods' misfortunes look like an outright bargain.

Update: Full press release is now embedded after the break, and meanwhile, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has issued the following public statement: "Although our process is not complete, the record before this agency also raises serious concerns about the impact of the proposed transaction on competition."

Update 2: Wayne Watts, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, issued the following statement (seen after the break)...

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]Continue reading US government files to block proposed AT&T / T-Mobile merger (update: companies respond)
US government files to block proposed AT&T / T-Mobile merger (update: companies respond) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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antitrust  att  block  breaking_news  business  department_of_justice  DepartmentOfJustice  DOJ  fcc  industry  merger  mobilepostcross  t-mobile  t-mobile_usa  T-mobileUsa  from google
august 2011 by jasonpbecker

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