SHOTLIST

AP Television - AP Television Clients Only

1. Wide, Apple Store

2. Wide, Apple E-books store

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ankur Kappor, Legal analyst, partner Constantine Cannon

4. Graphic: "summary of findings"

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ankur Kappor, Legal analyst, partner Constantine Cannon

6. Wide, Apple E-books store

VOICE-OVER

APPLE HAS SUFFERED A LEGAL BRUISING.

A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS RULED THAT APPLE BROKE ANTITRUST LAWS AND CONSPIRED WITH PUBLISHERS TO RAISE ELECTRONIC BOOK PRICES.

LEGAL ANALYST ANKUR KAPPOR LIKENED THE CHARGES TO BUYING GASOLINE AT A FIXED PRICE.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ankur Kappor, Legal analyst, partner Constantine Cannon

"A gas station on one corner of the street can't collude with its competing gas station on the other corner of the street that the price of gas will be four dollars a gallon."

THE RULING STATES THAT APPLE CONSPIRED WITH PUBLISHERS TO ELIMINATE RETAIL PRICE COMPETITION AND TO RAISE E-BOOK PRICES.

APPLE SAYS THE COMPANY WILL APPEAL. KAPPOR SAYS APPLE HAS STRONG GROUNDS FOR THE RULING TO BE OVERTURNED.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ankur Kappor, Legal analyst, partner Constantine Cannon

"Apple certainly spoke with each publisher independently in the course of negotiating the publishing deals, but there is very little, if any evidence of Apple colluding with all the publishers."

HOW WERE CONSUMERS AFFECTED?

THE JUDGE SAID E-BOOK BUYERS WERE FORCED TO PAY HIGHER PRICES, OR HAD TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE TITLES OR PUT OFF PURCHASES ALTOGETHER.

A DAMAGES TRIAL WILL FOLLOW TODAY'S RULING, THOUGH NONE WAS IMMEDIATELY SCHEDULED.

WARREN LEVINSON -- ASSOCIATED PRESS