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Apple CEO required to testify in e-books case

Tim Cook

Tim Cook

NEW YORK — Apple chief executive Tim Cook has been ordered to testify in a New York court case the Justice Department brought against the company over the pricing of e-books for consumers.

Federal Judge Denise Cote on Wednesday granted a government request to depose Apple Inc.’s chief executive.

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The government sued Apple last spring, saying the technology giant conspired with five major book publishers to raise e-book prices . The publishers have settled.

The Justice Department had claimed that Apple and the publishers conspired to drive the cost of e-books from $9.99 to $15 or more for the most popular books.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

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