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Federal Court rules against Kobo in challenge of e-book agreements

Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 11:48 AM | By Ian Burns

The Federal Court of Canada has ruled against e-book retailer Rakuten Kobo in its challenge of several agreements the Commissioner of Competition made with book publishers amid a price fixing scandal, with the company's counsel saying the decision confirms for the first time that competition officials can consider agreements reached outside Canada.

The decision in Rakuten Kobo Inc. v. Canada (Commissioner of Competition) 2018 FC 64, has roots that go back nearly six years. In 2012, an investigation by the Competition Bureau of Canada revealed an...