Unites States of America v. Apple, Inc. et al

Filing 3

NOTICE of Plaintiff's Explanation of Consent Decree Procedures. Document filed by Unites States of America. (Fairchild, Stephen)

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK __________________________________________ ) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) APPLE, INC., ) Civil Action No. 1:12-CV-2826 HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, INC., ) HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS L.L.C., ) VERLAGSGRUPPE GEORG VON ) HOLTZBRINCK GMBH, ) HOLTZBRINCK PUBLISHERS, LLC ) d/b/a MACMILLAN, ) THE PENGUIN GROUP, ) A DIVISION OF PEARSON PLC ) PENGUIN GROUP (USA), INC., and ) SIMON & SCHUSTER, INC., ) ) Defendants. ) __________________________________________) PLAINTIFF UNITED STATES’ EXPLANATION OF CONSENT DECREE PROCEDURES Plaintiff United States of America (“United States”) submits this memorandum summarizing the procedures for entry of the proposed Final Judgment as set forth by the Antitrust Procedures and Penalties Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 16(b)-(h) (the “APPA”), which applies in civil antitrust cases brought and settled by the United States. As described below, the APPA provides that certain events must occur prior to the Court signing and entering the proposed Final Judgment to resolve this case. 1. Today, Plaintiff has filed a Complaint, proposed Final Judgment, Competitive Impact Statement, and Stipulation and Order between Plaintiff and Defendants Hachette Book Group, Inc. (“Hachette”), HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C. (“HarperCollins”), and Simon & Schuster, Inc. (“Simon & Schuster”). 1 2. Only Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster have reached a settlement with the United States. Defendants Apple, Inc., Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH, Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC d/b/a Macmillan, The Penguin Publishing Co. Ltd. d/b/a Penguin Group, and Penguin Group (USA), Inc. are not parties to the proposed Final Judgment and therefore the United States will proceed to litigate its case against those Defendants. 3. The Stipulation contains the parties’ agreement that, after compliance with the APPA, the Court may enter the proposed Final Judgment. The APPA requires that Plaintiff publish the proposed Final Judgment and the Competitive Impact Statement in the Federal Register and in certain newspapers at least sixty (60) days prior to entry of the proposed Final Judgment. The notice will inform members of the public that they may submit comments about the proposed Final Judgment to the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (see 15 U.S.C. §§ 16(b)-(c)). 4. During the sixty-day period, Plaintiff will consider, and at the close of that period respond to, any comments that it has received, and it will publish the comments and Plaintiff’s responses in the Federal Register. 5. After the expiration of the sixty-day period, Plaintiff will file with the Court the comments and Plaintiff’s responses, and Plaintiff either will ask the Court to enter the Final Judgment (subject to any proposed revisions) or will withdraw its consent to entry of the Final Judgment, as provided in Section 2 of the Stipulation and Order (see 15 U.S.C. § 16(d)). 6. If Plaintiff requests that the Court enter the Final Judgment after compliance with the APPA, 15 U.S.C. §§ 16(e)-(f), then the Court may enter the Final Judgment without a hearing, provided that the Court concludes that the Final Judgment is in the public interest. 2 Respectfully submitted, FOR PLAINTIFF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA s/ Daniel McCuaig_______________ Daniel McCuaig Nathan P. Sutton Mary Beth McGee Owen M. Kendler William H. Jones Stephen T. Fairchild Attorneys for the United States United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division Litigation III Section 450 Fifth Street, NW, Suite 4000 Washington, DC 20530 Telephone: (202) 307-0520 daniel.mccuaig@usdoj.gov Dated: April 11, 2012 3 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I, Stephen T. Fairchild, hereby certify that on April 11, 2012, I caused a true and correct copy of the foregoing Stipulation and attached Proposed Final Judgment to be served via electronic mail on: For Defendant Apple, Inc.: Richard Parker O’Melveny & Myers LLP 1625 Eye Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 rparker@omm.com   For Defendant Hachette Book Group, Inc.: Paul Yde Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 600 Washington, DC 20004-2692 paul.yde@freshfields.com   For Defendant HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C.: Clifford H. Aronson Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Four Times Square New York, NY 10036-6522 clifford.aronson@skadden.com  For Defendants Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH & Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC d/b/a Macmillan: Joel M. Mitnick Sidley Austin LLP 787 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10019 jmitnick@sidley.com   For Defendants The Penguin Group, A Division of Pearson PLC & Penguin Group (USA) Inc.: Daniel F. McInnis Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036-1564 dmcinnis@akingump.com For Defendant Simon & Schuster, Inc.: Helene D. Jaffe Proskauer Rose LLP Eleven Times Square New York, NY 10036-8299 hjaffe@proskauer.com  s/ Stephen T. Fairchild Stephen T. Fairchild United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division 450 Fifth Street, NW, Suite 4000 Washington, D.C. 20530