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US: Apple looks to put monitor Bromwich out of a job

 |  January 8, 2014

As Apple continues to feud with its court-appointed antitrust monitor, instated to watch over the company’s business practices after the company was found to have fixed eBooks prices, the battle has culminated in the tech firm’s latest court filing.

Apple reportedly asked US District Judge Denise Cote, whose ruling in the eBooks case lead to the establishment of the monitor, to remove the watchdog from service. Michael Bromwich was chosen as the monitor.

In its letter, Apple argues Bromwich displayed personal bias against the company following Bromwich’s own filing with the courts last month.

Bromwich defended his position after Apple complained he overstepped his duties; further, the monitor claimed Apple was hampering his ability to carry out his job by being uncooperative.

In the original complaint, Apple decried the monitor’s pay as excessive, and claimed Bromwich extended his own powers by interviewing top executives in the company. The monitor, established by Judge Cote last October, was assigned to monitor Apple’s antitrust policies for 90 days.

Apple was found last July to have conspired with eBook publishers to hike eBook prices.

Full Content: Reuters

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