Court Approves Settlement in EBook Price Fixing Case

On Thursday, September 6, 2012, Judge Cote approved the settlement between the Department of Justice and three of the major US publishers to resolve a dispute over price fixing allegations.   The upshot of this ruling means that Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Hachette will no longer be able to restrict ebook sellers like Amazon from discounting ebooks.  ...more

What the Department of Justice Lawsuit Over E-Books Means for Readers

On April 11, 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against Apple and five major publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Penguin). These five publishers are part of a group known as the Big 6; they are responsible for the publication of many of your favorite books. Stephen King is published by Simon & Schuster, for example. The DOJ accuses these five publishers of making illegal agreements with Apple that have resulted in higher pricing for e-books. ...more
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To change the culture in the Department of Justice.

 The Con demanded to be written. Anna dragged me out of bed night after night. There I was typing away at 4:00 am as she ploughed me through her life, for 5 years. The motives were mine. I sought to change the culture. The culture I targeted was the Department of Justice, as it was then called in Perth, Western Australia....more

This Day in Legal History: “Legal Stalking?”

I know I promised a Cyberstalking post today, but I overestimated my time and underestimated my to-do list and my exhaustion....more

Should the Anthrax Case Really Be Closed?

If the U.S. Department of Justice thought its Feb. 19 announcement of the end of its probe into the 2001 anthrax terrorist attacks was going to silence doubters, they have been quickly disabused of that notion. According to the federal investigators, former scientist Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the 2001 attacks that killed five people and sickened 17 others. Ivins died in July 2008 just before he was to be indicted for the attacks. His death was ruled a suicide. ...more

Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating abuse and violence is a growing problem; some recent reports in the media shed light on it and programs that have been set up to help address it....more