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Apple Judge Explains Denial of Bid to Delay Monitor

Apple Inc. failed to show that it was in the public interest to delay a court ruling appointing a monitor overseeing its sale of electronic books, a judge said in explaining a ruling announced earlier this week.

Apple had asked U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan to stop a court-appointed monitor in an electronic-books price-fixing case from interviewing officials including Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook. Cote said on Jan. 13 that she would deny Apple’s request in a forthcoming written decision, which she issued today.