Colorado Joins Lawsuit Over Electronic Books

DENVER (AP/CBS4) — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says Colorado is joining a multistate lawsuit against electronic book publishers.

The U.S. government said Wednesday it has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and book publishers, saying the publishers conspired with Apple to raise retail electronic-book prices to limit competition.

The lawsuit was filed by attorneys general from 15 states and Puerto Rico. It seeks an injunction to reduce anticompetitive conduct and damages for customers who paid artificially inflated prices.

“Today’s action sends a clear message that the department’s anti-trust division continues to be open for business and that we will not hesitate to do what is necessary to protect American consumers,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Suthers spokesman Mike Saccone says if the lawsuit is successful, the state will try to get a list of customers to see who gets restitution.

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