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U.S. court may consider delay of Apple e-books damages trial


By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court will consider Apple Incs request to put off a July trial to determine how much the iPad maker must pay in damages to customers in more than two dozen states over e-book price fixing. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said in a brief order on Friday that a three-judge panel will hear Apples argument on why the trial should be put on hold while it appeals a judges ruling that it conspired with five publishers to raise e-book prices. The judge, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in New York, had denied Apples request to postpone the trial on Wednesday. Cote ruled last year after a non-jury trial that Apple had conspired with the publishers in an effort to impede competitors such as Inc. The 2nd Circuits order on Friday also put on hold sending out notice to consumers who may be entitled to damages until the three-judge panel has ruled on Apples request for a longer stay.

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