Appeals court scolds Apple monitor, but does not remove him


A New York appeals court had harsh words for the lawyer assigned to monitor Apple’s compliance with an antitrust program, which was imposed on the company in the wake of a price-fixing conspiracy between Apple[fortune-stock symbol= »AAPL »] and five book publishers.

In a ruling published on Thursday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the conduct of the monitor, Michael Bromwich, gave « pause » and was « the opposite of best practice » but nonetheless refused to grant Apple’s request to remove Bromwich from his position.

Bromwich took up the role of monitor at the behest of U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, who ruled in 2013 that Apple had been the mastermind of an ebook price-fixing conspiracy. The judge appointed Bromwich to assess Apple’s compliance with a court-ordered antitrust program. Bromwich’s behavior, however, soon enraged Apple.

The company objected in particular to Bromwich’s billing $138,432.40 in his first two weeks, despite a lack…

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