The ebook price fixing fiasco currently blowing up in the US has now crept north of the border. At least five class-action lawsuits related to price fixing of ebooks have surfaced across Canada, including Ontario, Quebec, and most recently BC.
Vancouver firm Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman alleges that Apple and various publishers have engaged in a conspiracy to lessen competition and "fix, maintain, increase, or control the prices of ebooks." Publishers targeted include Hachette Book Group, Holtzbrinck Publishers, and HarperCollins Publishers.
The allegations in Canadian courts echo those in the US, where the Department of Justice launched the first suit. While the allegations in Canada have not yet been proven in court, the lawsuits claim that the Canadian ebook market is highly concentrated and argue that makes it more susceptible to collusion. It also suggests that the publishers communicated "secretly" to discuss and fix ebook prices as tablets and ereaders started to gain popularity in 2010.