One of the big questions about the ongoing price-fixing case in the US is: What does Amazon really think? The company’s public statements have been rather rare and vague. Now Apple, as part of its defence, is trying to subpoena Amazon’s records of its interviews with the DOJ.
Amazon is trying to get the subpoena quashed in a Seattle court. Apple, meanwhile, wants Judge Denise Cote, who has been in charge of the case, to make a ruling in New York about whether the Amazon records should be released. Apple has argued in the past that Amazon’s role in the whole affair has yet to be properly scrutinized.
This isn’t the first time that attempts have been made to uncover Amazon’s comments to the DOJ. Royalty Share CEO Bob Kohn has already asked for copies, without much success. Amazon has so far managed to keep itself out of the whole fuss, but it’s clear that Apple is now hellbent on getting access to these documents. Is this a desperate, last-gasp attempt to Apple to look for anything it can use in its case, or could it turn out to be a smart move?