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Apple targeted in e-books lawsuit

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The U.S. government has filed an antitrust lawsuit in New York against Apple Inc. and various major book publishers. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. It claims the publishers conspired with Apple to raise retail electronic-book prices to limit competition.

The lawsuit said the effort was a response to the success Amazon had in selling e-books for just under $10.

The lawsuit said the alleged conspiracy came as Apple was preparing to launch its electronic tablet. It said the alleged conspiracy called for Apple to be guaranteed a 30 percent commission on each e-book it sold.

Apple did not immediately respond to a comment request.

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