Apple to Appeal Ruling Rejecting Bid to Block Monitor

Apple Inc. will appeal a ruling by a U.S. judge rejecting the company’s bid to block a monitor she appointed in an electronic-books price-fixing case, according to a court filing.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan this week denied Apple’s request to stop the court-appointed monitor, Michael Bromwich, from questioning executives. In a written opinion yesterday, she said Apple failed to show that it was in the public interest to delay her ruling.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, said in a court filing yesterday that it intends to appeal “all of the court’s rulings adverse to Apple in its Jan. 16, 2014, order.”

Cote appointed Bromwich, a former U.S. Justice Department inspector general, in October to oversee Apple’s compliance with terms of her ruling in a price-fixing case brought by the U.S. government. She previously said Apple played “a central role” in a scheme with five of the six biggest book publishers to fix prices of electronic books.

Apple argued that Bromwich is acting inappropriately by demanding interviews with company leaders and that his $1,100-an-hour fee is too high. Cote rejected the claims.

“Apple’s reaction to the existence of a monitorship underscores the wisdom of its imposition,” Cote wrote in her opinion.

The case is U.S. v. Apple Inc., 12-cv-02826, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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