The state governments' deal trumps the consumer class action, he explains.
The lead class-action lawyer, Steve Berman said, in a letter to Cote, that only part of the proceedings should be suspended because "many states might not take part in the agreement." While Berman said that the two publishers should have to share documents related to the Justice Dept's antitrust investigation, the judge's order will prevent that for now.
It turns out that Hachette and HarperCollins have "entered a memorandum of understanding with several states, and have suggested a deal with all 50 states is imminent. The publishers would likely have to pay millions under a settlement, but it would allow them to escape the class action proceedings and avoid the risk of a jury award that could be even higher."
So it becomes clearer why they settled right away.
Simon & Schuster hasn't signed a formal memorandum from its talks with the state governments, so it didn't receive a stay.
Macmillan and Penguin are continuing to fight both the class action lawyers and the government, Penguin claiming that the class action "is invalid because users of Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook agreed to settle any disputes through arbitration."
Apple denies all and has lots of money to cover what should be a long battle.
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