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  • Apple's Bid to Remove Antitrust Monitor in E-Books Case Denied by the Appeals Court


    Apple’s recent efforts to have the antitrust compliance monitor, Michael Bromwich, removed from having to oversee its business were recently denied. The appeals court claimed that the iBooks operator lacked sufficient reasoning to have him replaced. That being said it should be noted that in the decision, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York admitted that some of the actions made by Bromwich “give pause.” Reuters noted that it wasn’t enough to have him entirely removed from his position to oversee Apple.

    For those of you who didn’t know, Bromwich was assigned to keep tabs on Apple’s operations following an antitrust lawsuit won against the company by the US government. While Apple and Bromwich haven’t seen eye to eye from the start, the relationship between the two seems to have worsened over the past few months. In a statement made to Judge Denise Cote last month, Bromwich said Apple has taken a more “adversarial tone” in recent discussion. Furthermore, he claimed that no interviews have been conducted since January since Apple has rejected many of the requests that he had made.

    Apple on the other hand seems to be having issues with the investigations, claiming that his reviews have gone beyond the original intent by the court. Surprisingly, people outside of the company seem to agree as well including a circuit court judge and the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal.

    In the recent decision, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals apparently ended up agreeing with some of the criticisms against Bromwich. That being said they didn’t feel it was enough to have a new antitrust compliance monitor appointed. At the end of the day this means that Bromwich’s oversight of Apple will remain intact.

    Source: Reuters
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