“The e-book antitrust trial that went so badly against Apple two years ago is headed to an appeals court Monday and there’s a new name on the docket,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“Arguing for the U.S., alongside the lawyers for the antitrust division who handled the trial, will be Malcom Stewart, one of the biggest guns in the office of the U.S. Solicitor General,” P.E.D. reports. “For the Solicitor General’s office to argue a case at this level is not unprecedented. It handled some of the Obama Administration’s oral arguments in Affordable Care Act appeals, for example. But it is rare.”

“Why a Deputy Solicitor General would intercede here is a bit of a mystery,” P.E.D. reports. “Does the Solicitor General’s office — and by extension, the Obama Administration — feel that strongly about the righteousness of the DOJ’s cause?”

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MacDailyNews Take: Fishy.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “JES42” and “BD” for the heads up.]

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