US: Apple trying to rush case
22 June 2012, 17:30
New York - The US government says Apple wants to rush its New York antitrust lawsuit over the price of electronic books by finishing evidence gathering by year's end.
The government said in a letter filed in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday that it wants until March to finish gathering facts in a lawsuit it brought this year.
Government lawyers told a judge there is much to be learned about the scope and identity of individuals who participated in a conspiracy between publishers and Apple to set book prices.
In its own letter, Apple said its approach reflects a "special urgency" in resolving the case because litigation creates marketplace uncertainties, and affects competitive conditions and the public interest.
A hearing in the case was set for Friday.