Apple seeks to freeze its U.S. e-books ‘antitrust monitor’

“Late on Thursday, Apple filed papers in federal court in Manhattan seeking to halt a court-appointed antitrust monitor, Michael Bromwich, from engaging in any further oversight over the company, pending the outcome of its appeal of the ebooks antitrust judgment entered against it last July,” Roger Parloff reports for Fortune.

“Its papers allege that Bromwich ‘is conducting a roving investigation that is interfering with Apple’s business operations, risking the public disclosure of privileged and confidential information, and imposing substantial and rapidly escalating costs on Apple that it will never be able to recover,’ even if it wins its appeal,” Parloff reports. “It also alleges that the monitorship, ‘as it is being interpreted and implemented by Mr. Bromwich as the Court’s agent, is flatly unconstitutional, and will be reversed on appeal.'”

Parloff reports, “In Apple’s papers, written by appellate counsel Ted Boutrous of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Boutrous makes clear that if Judge Cote denies the stay, Apple will seek an expedited appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where Apple’s appeals of Judge Cote’s verdict and judgment in the case are already pending.”

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MacDailyNews Take: This entire farcical saga could’ve been avoided if only Denise Cote wasn’t a dimwitted pawn.

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18 Comments

  1. I think “dimwitted pawn” is the wrong term to use. She’s clearly a manipulative, conniving piece of garbage using her influence and connections to the best of her abilities.

    But no matter which way you slice it, she’s a stain on our entire justice system.

    1. More likely, she’s being bribed by Samsung. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have used Bromwich in an unconstitutional manner. Those Ex Parte sessions were what broke the metaphorical camel’s back. Apple realized that Bromwich is working with the judge to crucify Apple. This is a big PR move for Samsung.

      “She has no ethics, no scruples and no reflection”(Frasier Crane)

    1. There is nothing writing with the system. Is the Olympic Games system wrong if it doesn’t catch dopers and cheaters?

      It’s the players, not the game that is at fault.

  2. I’m starting to see that Bezos = Madoff + Capone with his wild Amazon Ponzi scheme. This is the only way the Apple verdict, or even the case in the first place, ever made sense. What would happen if the public were to get upset with Amazon and boycotted the service for 3 days? Would they run out of cash?

    1. Interesting. I expect it would take much longer. But at interesting point. On the other hand, what would happen if they were determined: “too big to fail”. 🙂

    1. Likely you haven’t been following the details but it’s been publicly acknowledged of their prior relationship in judicial and legal issues and her support of him. Check out December posts above. Ahh, our system of jurisprudence. Makes you wonder what “prudent” really means.

  3. Except James, Coyote is clearly biased against Apple and judged Apple as guilty before the trial even began. Then she hires a personal friend who knows nothing about monitoring to do this job and then gives him free rain to charge astronomical fees for work he doesn’t do correctly. Also he is supposed to be there to ONLY see over book deals and nothing else. As it is most legal people think that Apple was actually doing nothing wrong and did prove that in court yet biased Coyote ignored all evidence and flatly judged Apple as guilty when it was pretty clear Apple did it’s business just like Amazon. If Apple is really guilty then Amazon should be in this as well. Coyote needs to be removed as a judge because she has broken all the rules as an impartial judge.

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