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Apple fights to remove antitrust compliance monitor in ebooks price-fixing case

08
Jan
2014

Apple is pushing to remove the court-appointed antitrust compliance monitor for its ebook price-fixing court case. The company says Michael Bromwich — who was appointed by US District Judge Denise Cote earlier this year —  has a personal bias against the company, and should be disqualified from serving in his assigned position. Law firm Gibson Dunn wrote to Judge Cote this week, stating that Bromwich thinks of himself as an independent prosecutor not a judge, and imagines himself unconstrained by the federal rules governing discovery and other matters. The letters main argument for the compliance monitors removal is a wholly inappropriate declaration filed by Bromwich with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in December. The declaration detailed Apples apparent obstinance in assisting with Bromwichs work on the case, and denied the companys claims that his actions as compliance monitor were unconstitutional.

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