“Apple has officially filed for an appeal of US District Judge Denise Cote’s recent decision, which denied both Apple’s request to suspend an antitrust external compliance monitor (ECM) while an appeal of the main judgement is considered, and a request to disqualify the current appointee, Judge Cote’s personal friend and former DOJ Inspector General Michael Bromwich,” Electronista reports.
“The Department of Justice successfully sued Apple earlier this year, alleging that the company managed to ‘vertically’ join an existing ‘horizontal’ price-fixing conspiracy among publishers against Amazon’s abusive-monopoly behavior and price model,” Electronista reports. “Apple argued (and will argue in its appeal) that it did not participate in any conspiracy, and that its proposed ‘agency’ model for e-book pricing in fact levelled the playing field, allowing more publishers and more e-book sellers to enter the market.”
“Cote, who has been the subject of adverse articles outside Apple’s sphere of influence accusing her of bias and judicial overreach, named her friend Bromwich to the job of ‘confirming the existence of a genuine and effective antitrust compliance program within Apple,’ which was originally set to begin when Apple submitted its revised antitrust policies to the court later this month,” Electronista reports. “Bromwich, who has no experience in antitrust matters, required an assistant lawyer with the requisite background for the job, and the court made Apple pay both Bromwich and the assistant, who both command more than $1,000 per hour.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The U.S. Federal Puppet would be pissed if her head weren’t fashioned from a block of wood.
For the whole sordid story in a nutshell, please read: Apple’s Star Chamber: An abusive judge and her prosecutor friend besiege the tech maker.
In pretrial view, judge says leaning toward U.S. DOJ over Apple in e-books case – May 24, 2013
Lawyers have complained for years that Judge Denise Cote pre-judges cases before she enters the courtroom – August 14, 2013
Apple to appeal ruling rejecting bid to block monitor Bromwich – January 17, 2014
U.S. Federal Puppet Denise Cote: ‘Apple’s reaction to the existence of a monitorship underscores the wisdom of its imposition’ – January 16, 2014
Judge Denise Cote denies Apple request block her friend as ‘antitrust compliance monitor’ – January 13, 2014
Antitrust monitor Bromwich rebuts Apple accusations of ‘unconstitutional’ investigation – December 31, 2013
Apple seeks to freeze its U.S. e-books ‘antitrust monitor’ – December 15, 2013
The persecution of Apple: Is the U.S. government’s ebook investigation out of control? – December 10, 2013
Apple’s Star Chamber: An abusive judge and her prosecutor friend besiege the tech maker – December 5, 2013
Apple takes aim not just at court-ordered e-books monitor, but also at U.S. District Judge Denise Cote herself – December 2, 2013
U.S.A. v. Apple: Judge Denise Cote assigns DOJ monitor in Apple ebook price-fixing case – October 17, 2013
U.S.A. v. Apple: Judge issues injunction against Apple in ebooks antitrust case; largely in line with what DOJ wanted – September 6, 2013
U.S.A. v. Apple: Judge Denise Cote says Apple needs third-party supervision after ‘blatant’ ebook price fixing – August 28, 2013