Justice Dept settles e-book case with Macmillan

WASHINGTON – The government has reached a proposed settlement with Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC, which does business as Macmillan, one of five major book publishers that allegedly conspired with Apple Inc. to raise e-book prices for consumers, the Justice Department announced Friday.

The government is continuing its case against Apple but has now reached agreements with the five publishers.

The Justice Department complaint alleged that the five companies and Apple worked together to raise retail e-book prices and eliminate price competition.

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