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Apple complains court-appointed ebooks antitrust monitor wants too much money

29
Nov
2013

After Apple was found guilty of ebook price fixing earlier this year, US District Judge Denise Cote appointed Michael Bromwich as the companys antitrust compliance monitor. Bromwich has been tasked with keeping an eye on Apple for two years to help ensure the company doesnt repeat the business tactics that landed it in the DOJs crosshairs. Apple is required to pay Bromwich for his work, but after receiving his first invoice, its already filed a complaint with the federal court overseeing the case. Bromwich is reportedly seeking an hourly rate of $1,100 for his time, which Apple says is the highest its ever had to pay any lawyer. “Mr. Bromwich appears to be simply taking advantage of the fact that there is no competition here or, in his view, any ability on the part of Apple, the subject of his authority, to push back on his demands,” reads the filing.

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