Apple Inc is accused of increasing the price of tablets

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The U.S. federal and state departments will make a trial against Apple Inc who is accused to increase the price of tablets.

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The appearance makes the tech giant accountable to the U.S. Justice Department in a case that examines the interaction of content providing firm with online retailers.

Last year the United States Justice Department accused Apple and five U.S. largest publishers of conspiracy. The trial alleged them of raising e-book price tags and shatter Amazon.com Inc’s image on pricing.

Apple is now facing the lawsuit alone as the other five accused firms have said to give compensation of $164 million for their unlawful act in order to benefit customers.

The five alleged publishing firms are Pearson Plc’s Penguin Group, News Corp’s HarperCollins Publishers Inc, CBS Corp’s Simon & Schuster Inc, Hachette Book Group Inc and MacMillan.

‘DIRECT EVIDENCE’

Apple is going to face a difficult task as the presiding judge commented on the eve of final hearing before the trial.

“I am sure that the authorities will prove that Apple played a pivotal role in the conspiracy in order to increase the price tags of e-books,” U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said at the case hearing on May 23.

The upcoming harm claims by states and class actions make it better for Apple to go for the trial, John Lopatka, a law professor at Pennsylvania State University, quoted.

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