Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, the Seattle based law firm that was the first to file a lawsuit against Apple for alleged e-book price-fixing back in August 2011, has the same address in Seattle as Amazon.com. Since mid-2010, Hagens Berman has been based at 1918 Eighth Avenue, which is a 36-story skyscraper in downtown Seattle. In March 2011, Amazon.com started leasing an office there as well.
Last year, a U.S. District judge had selected Hagens Berman to serve as the co-lead counsel in a multidistrict class action lawsuit regarding the e-book antitrust claims. The U.S. Department of Justice filed their own antitrust lawsuit against Apple and the five major book publishers as well.
Apple denied the U.S. Justice Department was in collusion with the five publishers. Apple replied by saying that they are working toward ?breaking Amazon?s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry.? Three out of the five publishers have already agreed to settle with the Justice Department. These three publishers include HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette.
Hagens Berman is not working on behalf of Amazon, but claims to be working on the behalf of consumers. Amazon.com does benefit from the charges against Apple and the publishers though.
?Its fascinating speculation, we began working on the case even before Amazon moved in here and we are not doing Amazon?s bidding,? said Hagens Berman in a statement.