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By Don Jeffrey and Phil Mattingly C.2013 Bloomberg News
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Apple Inc. should be ordered to cancel existing agreements with five publishers since a judge's ruling that it conspired to fix prices of electronic books, the Justice Department said.

The federal government and 33 states submitted the proposal on Friday in federal court in Manhattan. They called for a court-appointed antitrust compliance monitor and a requirement that Apple allow competitors to provide links from their e-book applications to their electronic bookstores.

The proposal would require Apple to find a new way to do business with publishers.

“Apple's illegal conduct will cease, and Apple and its senior executives will be prevented from conspiring to thwart competition in the future,” Bill Baer, the assistant attorney general, said in a statement.

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