Apple loses bid to remove antitrust monitor following e-book row

Apple`s motion to remove the court-appointed antitrust monitor has been reportedly denied after it failed to demonstrate that it is entitled to a halt of the monitor`s activities.

ANI| Last Updated: Feb 12, 2014, 13:47 PM IST

Washington: Apple`s motion to remove the court-appointed antitrust monitor has been reportedly denied after it failed to demonstrate that it is entitled to a halt of the monitor`s activities.

Apple had sought removal of Michael Bromwich, alleging that he was over-intrusive with his investigations and charging a hefty fee more than he was entitled for.
However, the US Court of Appeals has denied Apple`s request to oust Bromwich, who had been tasked with keeping the company within the bounds of antitrust laws following its loss to the Justice Department over e-books price-fixing last year, The Verge reports.

Meanwhile, Bromwich had argued that the tech giant shut him out of speaking with board members and executives, tasks he said were a key to his job.
According to the report, Apple had won a temporary ban on Bromwich in mid-January ahead of a federal appeal.

A Justice Department representative said that it was `pleased` by the decision, adding that it `makes abundantly clear that Apple must now cooperate with the court-appointed monitor.`