Despite its co-defendants putting their hands up to the crime, and Steve Jobs even bragging about it in a biography, Apple cannot believe it and has wasted a fortune trying to prove it is innocent.
Now Apple the Supremes to overturn an appellate court decision that found the iPad maker conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices. If the Supremes agree with the rest of the Justice system then Jobs’ Mob will only have to pay their victims $450 million, which Apple will earn back by selling a couple of Surface clones.
Apple in its petition said the June decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York contradicted Supreme Court precedent and would "chill innovation and risktaking."
"The Second Circuit's decision will harm competition and the national economy," Apple wrote.
The Justice Department said the scheme caused some e-book prices to rise to $12.99 or $14.99 from the $9.99 price charged by market leader Amazon.com.
It is not clear if the Supremes will even look at the case. Having followed the case Apple based its defence around a premise that Amazon was the market leader and it was OK to form a cartel if you are bringing down a bigger rival.
Besides the idea was Steve Jobs’ and everyone knows he was a super cool genus who made no mistakes.