Earlier this week the California and Seattle based law firm Hagens Berman, who was the first to file suit against the Price Fix 6, has been named the lead counsel in the action. After HB filed suite this summer, a total of 30 suits were also filed in CA and NY, and earlier this month judges in the southern district of New York ordered the case be combined into a single lawsuit which represented all the plantiffs. Cohen Milstein, another law firm involved in the suit, was chosen by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote to help HB pursue the case.
The judge has also told Hagens Berman and the other attorneys that they are required to file an amended complaint by Jan. 20, 2012. The judge wants to know exactly how Hagens Berman intends to consolidate the case. The lawsuit seeks damages for the purchase of eBooks, an injunction against using the Agency eBook Model, as well as forfeiture of the profits received by the defendants as a result of their anti-competitive conduct.
There’s no word yet on who will be called as a witness or what proof the plaintiffs have, but earlier this week a couple of the law firms indicated that they have inside sources willing to testify.
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