Which law firm won against Amazon

Another class action lawsuit against Amazon

The lawsuit, filed by Hagens Berman law firm on Jan. 14, followed an article in the Wall Street Journal. He revealed that Connecticut is under investigation for possible anti-competitive behavior in the e-book market against Amazon. The Seattle-based law firm started similar proceedings against Apple in 2011 and won.

Although the big five American publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House are also accused of complicity, the lawsuit is directed exclusively against Amazon. It is a plan to use various forms of a “Most Favored Nations” clause in order to suppress price competition and to keep e-book prices artificially high.

"Amazon's agreement with the co-conspirators is an unreasonable barrier to trade that prevents competitive pricing and causes plaintiffs and other consumers to overpay when buying e-books from the Big Five through an e-book retailer that competes with Amazon This damage continues and will not diminish unless Amazon and the Big Five stop, ”the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit demands, among other things, financial compensation for consumers who have bought e-books through Amazon's competitors, damages and an injunction requiring Amazon and the publishers to stop enforcing anti-competitive price restrictions.

Amazon and the accused publishers have not yet commented, as the industry magazine Publishers Weekly reports.

Publishers upset by Amazon