The big question is, can a company with 10% of the market actually be in violation of antitrust laws? I really don’t think so.
Apple has officially responded to the antitrust claim brought against the company by the US Department of Justice. In the claim the DOJ says that Apple worked with five major publishers to illegally fix eBook pricing. In response to the lawsuit Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told AllThingsD:
The DOJ’s accusation of collusion against Apple is simply not true. The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. Since then customers have benefited from eBooks that are more interactive and engaging. Just as we’ve allowed developers to set prices on the App Store, publishers set prices on the iBookstore.
Three of the five major publishers — Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster — have already settled with the DOJ. However, Penguin Group and MacMillan have vowed to fight the suit along with Apple.