The DOJ’s anti-trust suit against “Big Publishing” continues to be interesting and contentious. Even with proposed settlement on the table, it is less than clear who is really looking out for who’s interests.
Originally posted on paidContent:
In response to a letter from attorney Bob Kohn regarding the delayed publication of all the comments received on the proposed ebook pricing settlement, the Department of Justice says it received over 800 comments on the proposed settlement and is “working expeditiously” to make them available to the public by roughly July 20, 2012.
(Side note: That is a LOT of letters. As of mid-June, the DOJ had only received about 150 of them.)
The Department of Justice was supposed to publish all of the letters it has received about the ebook pricing settlement on its website by June 25. That did not hapen. Earlier this week Kohn, an attorney and CEO of Royalty Share who previously wrote a legal brief in support of Apple and the publishers (but does not work for any of the parties involved), sent Denise Cote, the judge presiding over the case, a letter stating that the DOJ’s failure to make the letters available to the public — and to provide its response to those comments — on time violates federal antitrust rules.