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Apple Says ebook Antitrust Monitor Wants 'Too Much Money'

November 30, 2013


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Washington, Nov. 30 (ANI): Apple has reportedly complained that the court-appointed ebooks antitrust monitor is demanding too much money that had been tasked with keeping an eye on the tech giant for two years to help keep a check on unfair business tactics that landed it in a row with publishers.

US District Judge Denis Cote had appointed Michael Bromwich as the tech giant's antitrust compliance monitor after Apple had been found guilty of involved in unfair business tactics in fixing the e-book prices.

According to The Verge, Apple is required to pay Bromwich for his work, but after receiving his first invoice, the company has already filed a complaint with the federal court overseeing the case.

The report said that Bromwich is seeking an hourly rate of 1,100 dollars for his five-person team along with a 15 percent administrative fee because he is serving as a monitor through his consulting business, The Bromwich Group, instead of Goodwin Procter, a law firm at which he's a partner.

In total Bromwich wants 138,432 dollars from Apple for his team's first two weeks on the job and the tech giant is also vexed with his demands to meet the CEO Tim Cook and board member Al Gore and employees without its own lawyers present, the report added. (ANI)

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Original headline: Apple says ebook antitrust monitor demanding 'too much money'

Source: Asian News International

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