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Apple E-Books Judge to Approve Possible $450 Million Deal

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A federal judge said she’ll give final approval to what she called Apple Inc.’s unusual settlement of claims by U.S. states and consumers that it led a conspiracy to fix prices on electronic books.

An appeals court is considering a finding by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote that Apple led a conspiracy to fix e-book prices. Under the settlement, Apple may pay nothing or as much as $450 million, depending on whether the appeals court agrees.