Apple has won a preliminary court approval for its settlement of $450m over claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to artificially inflate the price of ebooks.
US District Judge Denise Cote granted the appeal in a Manhattan court on Friday according to Reuters, which will see Apple settling.
The case first hit the headlines in 2010 when the US Department of Justice (DoJ) accused Apple and five publishing companies, including Hachette and HarperCollins, of colluding to fix the price of books through Apple's ebooks service.
The case centred around accusations that Apple and the publishers vowed to charge either $12.99 or $14.99 for the most popular ebooks, above the $9.99 that Amazon would sell them for.
Over time all the publishers involved settled with the DoJ but Apple vowed to challenge the case. Cote found Apple guilty in 2013, and at the time said it was clear that Apple had known this tactic was illegal but had pressed ahead anyway in order to capitalise on the market demand for its platforms from publishers.
Cote said on Friday: "The Court finds that the Settlement Agreement is the result of extensive, arm's length negotiations by counsel well versed in antitrust litigation and the particulars of this case.
"The assistance of a well-known mediator Antonio Piazza reinforces the conclusion that the Settlement Agreement is non-collusive."
The settlement means Apple will pay $400m to cover refunds for readers who purchased titles from its iBooks online store. The iPhone maker will also have to fork out $50m towards lawyers' fees.
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