According to an order released to the public on Wednesday, the trial for determining damages owed by Apple in the antitrust e-book price-fixing case - which also involves five bigwig book publishers: HarperCollins, Hachette, Penguin Group, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster - has been scheduled for May 2014.
On Tuesday, Judge Denise Cote of the U. S. District Court in the Southern District of New York scheduled the trial for ascertaining the damages, which Apple owes in its e-book price-fixing case, for May next year.
The forthcoming schedule for the parties to argue the damages against Apple has been outlined in the court order. While experts and expert testimony have to be identified by the plaintiffs by October 11, 2103, a similar deadline for Apple is November 15, 2013. Expert discovery will come to an end by December 13, the due date for the class certification.
With the e-book price-fixing case having been placed on the May 2014 "trial ready" schedule, it is apparent that the involved parties must be prepared for commencing the proceedings on a 24-hour notice.
About the schedule for a possible trial on e-book price-fixing-related damages, the plaintiffs' lawyer Steve Berman said that "these are the dates we proposed so we are pleased;" while Apple has yet to comment on the new trail scheduling.
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