Apple takes aim not just at court-ordered e-books monitor, but also at U.S. District Judge Denise Cote herself

“On Thanksgiving eve, Apple filed court papers launching a searing attack on the court-ordered monitor who had been appointed barely a month earlier to oversee its compliance with an antitrust decree relating to its sale of ebooks” Roger Parloff reports for Fortune. “Apple accused the monitor, Michael Bromwich, a partner at the law firm of Goodwin Procter, of charging excessive fees, behaving in an ‘unfettered and inappropriate manner,’ relying on ‘secret communications with the court,’ evincing ‘incredibly disruptive’ mission creep, and acting in ways that threatened to turn him into an ‘quasi-inquisitional” offshoot of the federal judge who appointed him in violation of the constitutional principle of separation of powers.'”

“The more eye-catching of Apple’s claims were its accusations that Bromwich was already insisting on meeting every member of Apple’s executive team and board, including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Jr., and the company’s legendary product designer, Sir Jonathan Ive—neither of whom had anything to do with antitrust compliance issues, according to Apple,” Parloff reports. “In addition, the papers noted, Bromwich was demanding that Apple pay a 15% ‘administrative fee’ to his consulting firm on top of his $1,100 hourly rate and the $1,025 hourly fee of antitrust lawyer Bernard Nigro, who was appointed to assist him because of Bromwich’s lack of antitrust experience. (Nigro heads the antitrust group at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where Bromwich was a partner from 1999 to 2010.)”

“But legal fees are clearly not the crux of this dispute,” Parloff reports. “It was, rather, Apple’s last claim—accusing Bromwich of simultaneously playing a quasi-prosecutorial role and yet answering directly to the judge—which may be the most significant. It signals that Apple is taking aim not just at Bromwich, but also at U.S. District Judge Denise Cote herself. The immediate triggering event for Apple’s tirade was an order by Judge Cote issued on November 21, proposing that Bromwich be permitted to hold regular ex parte meetings with herself—that is, meetings where only she and he would be present and where no transcript would be made to preserve a record of what was said… In its Thanksgiving eve submission, Apple demanded to know if such ex parte meetings had already occurred, and suggested that such meetings, if they ever were to occur, would be a grounds for recusing Judge Cote.. ”

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MacDailyNews Take: This continuing kerfluffle likely stems from the fact that Denise Cote is a vacuous twit.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Arline M.,” “David O.,” and “JES42” for the heads up.]

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48 Comments

  1. Let’s express our disgust with the judges non-judicial temperament, without the vulgarity towards her being a female. We should have even more women as judges but we should have no judges who over-reach or tolerate outrageous fees. Problems is that Judges are lawyers permitting other lawyers to gorge themselves at great cost to the public good.

    1. While I agree with your stance on not using vulgarity, particularly as Road Warrior used, your last sentence is ridiculous. The fees in this case are high, but that is the price the world’s most valuable company must pay because of the expertise required to handle the complexity of the situation. Experts in any field charge significantly more than those who have much less training and experience. And courts must appoint attorneys who are experts at what they do.

      However, those billing rates are rather shocking.

  2. So the idiot lawyer has the audacity to charge $1,100 an hour to learn about anti trust rules (and simultaneously throw his weight around) while his tutor gets $1,025 an hour to teach him?

    So…
    If the two get together for a training session and have an admin taking notes a one hour meeting costs Apple $2,500 or more?

    And the judge and lawyer want to have truly secret meetings about this case in order to plan what more accusations to throw at Apple?

    As far as I’m concerned Cote cross the line many, many months ago when she issued a statement on her position before the trial even started. (Nothing like making your mind up even before hearing all the facts.) Now she has gone so far that even the appeals court must see that she’s gone completely off the deep end.

    Is this grounds for disbarment? Likely not. (Even if she’s already had secret meetings.)
    Is this grounds for forcing her off the case? Probably (Especially if she’s already had secret meetings.)
    Is this grounds for any sane justice on the appeals court to tell her to get her act together and stop this nonsense? Absolutely

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  3. Although you may dislike the stance you think the judge took, there is no need to present your misogynistic sexist attitude and weaken your case. It really just shows that you are in a league below the judge and makes it sound like you are irritated by the people in the trailer next to you.

  4. If I were being paid $1,100 per hour, I would want to meet with every single Apple employee, including all the Apple store employees.

    . . . and ex-Apple employees, and their families, and employees of Foxconn, and . . .

  5. Cote is not a “vacuous twit” but an inquisitor of Fascist proportions worthy of the appellation Stalinist or Maoist who’s followers prosecuted the greatest men of both CCCP and China to confess to being heinous criminals at the behest of ideology driven idiots.

    Today that disease has infected USA where police, FBI and other officials can’t add nor join dots when people point to problems (9/11, Madoff or 2008 Financial crisis) but will imprison everyone under draconian rules upon conviction.

    I’m afraid that when I said previously that the only cause of Apple’s downfall would be Goldman Sachs entering and rifling Apple’s jewels, I was wrong. Well add Uncle Sam. It is third rate Fed officers that through nepotism have got good positions that will destroy Apple and ultimately USA with their Kafkaesque demands for confession of unknown crimes.*

    Watch history occur that leads to the end of USA. Usama will be happy in paradise with only 70 virgins seeing USA destroy itself!!

    * Puritanism is the catchword for USA. The Just must punish. Punishment whether in Salem or Cupertino must be exacted. Some one must suffer. But not the Feds or Judges or Lawyers or Cops or members of powerful unions or those that donate millions to re elect Congressmen or the rich or the influential or my friends not US but only THEM. Not Microsoft. Not Google. Not Samsung. But the honest, the hardworking, the fools who believe in honesty paying for music, paying a fellow man his due, giving a fellow respect regardless of race, creed, color, gender or wealth – they must PAY! they must Suffer!

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