"The plaintiffs have shown that the publisher defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise e-book prices, and that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing that conspiracy," Cote said.
"Without Apple’s orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did in the Spring of 2010."
Reacting to the judge’s ruling the US DOJ said companies cannot ignore the antitrust laws when they believe it is in their economic self-interest to do so.
"This decision by the court is a critical step in undoing the harm caused by Apple’s illegal actions," the DOJ said.
Last month, Apple senior executive Eddy Cue defended the company in the e-book price-fixing trial by saying that it did not fix prices.
All five publishers involved in the lawsuit, Hachette Book, HarperCollins Publishers, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan Publishers, and Penguin Group, have settled with the DOJ.
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