The court denied Apple the abolition of antitrust monitoring

Apple’s failed attempt to overturn a court order requiring its activities to be monitored to prevent further wrongdoing failed. As you know, Apple was found guilty of colluding with a number of e-book publishers.

 At a court hearing earlier this week, District Judge Denise Cote denied Apple’s request to revoke the monitoring order and recall Michael Bromwich, a former U.S. Attorney General.

Coote confirmed the desirability of further monitoring Apple’s activities. The company has the right to appeal its decision within 48 hours. Apple’s lawyer, Theodore Boutrous, told reporters that the company would appeal.

According to Reuters, Apple has had a tense relationship with Bromwich since the first day of his appointment. According to the company, he behaves aggressively, including in communication with top managers.

Apple also objected to the recommended payment for the expert’s services – his hourly rate is $ 1,100 per hour. Such a high payment, according to Apple, encourages the expert to conduct “as extensive and intrusive an investigation as possible.” According to the judge, Bromwich’s salary is not so high. In particular, the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which uses Apple, pays its employees up to $ 1,800 per hour, and the average hourly rate for US lawyers is $ 980.

In turn, the expert claims that Apple is not inclined to cooperate. This is expressed in the late submission of documentation and the reluctance of employees to answer his questions.