Dept. Of Justice Investigates eBook Business

Following an investigation in Europe, the U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into the eBook industry. The investigations will look at if Apple and publishers are breaking any antitrust laws when pricing eBooks.

The Wall Street Journal has more: “At a congressional hearing, Sharis Pozen, the Justice Department’s acting antitrust chief, said: ‘We are also investigating the electronic book industry, along with the European Commission and the states attorneys general.'”

GalleyCat has more: “In August, the legal fight over set eBook prices hit the civil courts when consumer rights firm Hagens Berman filed a class action suit against Apple and five of the ‘big six’ publishers–alleging that the agency model for eBook pricing is ‘in violation of a variety of federal and state antitrust laws, the Sherman Act, the Cartwright Act and the Unfair Competition Act.'”