Last month we reported about the Department of Justice’s anti-trust / price-fixing lawsuit against e-Book publishers. Well now, a federal court judge in New York has ruled that the civil lawsuit against the e-Book publishes by consumers may go forward.

The e-Book publishers attempted to dismiss the civil lawsuit.  The Judge denied that request, ruling, “In short, Apple did not try to earn money off of eBooks by competing with other retailers in an open market. Rather, Apple accomplished this goal by [helping] the suppliers to collude, rather than to compete independently.”

To recap, the allegations are that Apple and other e-Book publishers conspired together to create artificially high prices for e-Books, to generate more profit, at the expense of Americans.

According to the papers uncovered thus far, late Apple visionary Steve Jobs was directly involved with and at the heart of the price-fixing scheme.