The Department of Justice said Friday it settled with one of four publishers it sued for allegedly conspiring with Apple to raise e-book prices.
The settlement, filed in a U.S. district court in New York, forces Holtzbrinck, which does business under the name Macmillan, to allow retailers to lower prices on its e-books. The publisher -- along with Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster -- allegedly conspired with Apple to jack up the prices of e-books.
The department said it will continue its lawsuit against Apple, which it plans to take to trial in June.
The department sued the five publishers and Apple last April, but settled with Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster in September.
A public comment period on the department's settlement with Penguin will close on March 5.
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