Judge Backs Axing Amazon, Publishers E-Book Antitrust Suit

By Lauren Berg (August 3, 2022, 11:00 PM EDT) — A New York federal judge on Wednesday recommended tossing a proposed class action accusing Amazon and the country’s five largest book publishers of secretly fixing digital book prices, saying the e- book buyers haven’t plausibly alleged the existence of a conspiracy.

In a 54-page report, US Magistrate Judge Valerie Figueredo recommended that US District Judge Gregory H. Woods grant the motion to dismiss brought by Amazon and the “big five” publishers — HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan — finding that the consolidated complaint merely relies on the existence of distribution agreements between Amazon and…

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