>”We intend to prove that Apple needed a way to neutralize Amazon?s Kindle before its popularity could challenge the upcoming introduction of the iPad, a device Apple intended to compete as an e-reader,” Berman added.

Apple *may* have been a party to actions publishers took with regard to price fixing, but if the entire argument depends on proving that Apple was worried about its fully-functional tablet competing with an eInk reader — well you will lose that argument. Apple never made the iPad so that it would be *just* an e-reader, never.

This sounds like someone dragging the Apple brand into something to garner more attention.

Posted by Ben Brooks