Apple loses court bid to block e-book antitrust monitor
By Nate Raymond
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc lost a bid on Monday to block an antitrust monitor appointed after a judge found that the company had conspired to fix e-book prices.
At a hearing, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan denied Apple's request to stay an order requiring an external compliance monitor pending the company's appeal.
"I want the monitorship to succeed for Apple," she said.
The judge also said there was "nothing improper" about a declaration filed by a lawyer chosen to serve as monitor, Michael Bromwich, that became the basis of Apple seeking his disqualification.
Cote said she will promptly issue a decision explaining her reasoning. Apple will then have 48 hours to seek an emergency stay from the federal appeals court in New York, she said.
Theodore Boutrous, a lawyer for Apple, said Apple would appeal. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department declined immediate comment.
The hearing was the latest to spill out of a growing battle stemming from Apple's objections to the monitor. In October, Cote appointed Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general, three months after she found Apple liable for conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.
In November, Apple complained he had been trying aggressively to interview top executives, even though his mandate called for him to review the company's antitrust policies 90 days after his appointment. Continued...