Apple Files Notice of Appeal on Court’s Antitrust Monitor Decision
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has formally informed the court that it will appeal the rejection of its request to remove antitrust compliance monitor Michael Bromwich from his position, reports Electronista. Last week, Judge Denise Cote denied Apple’s motion that sought to suspend the monitor provision of the injunction while it appealed its guilty verdict from last year’s e-book price-fixing trial.
Although the notice of appeal contains few details, it informed the court that Apple will seek to overturn “all of the Court’s rulings adverse to Apple in its January 16, 2014 Order, and the Court’s modifications to the Plaintiff United States’ Final Judgment.” Apple has already filed a notice of appeal against the verdict in the original antitrust trial that resulted in the appointment of an external compliance monitor.
Judge Cote oversaw last year’s trial in which the U.S. Department of Justice accused Apple of antitrust violations in its e-book business. According to the government, Apple conspired with five other publishers to fix e-book prices through the use of agency model contracts with MFN (most favored nation) clauses.