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Apple Inc. Faces Opposition from the Federal Government

Apple faces opposition from the federal government. The tech giant sought the temporary suspension and plans to appeal the July findings of U.S. District Judge Denise Cote. Apple cannot block a verdict that found it had conspired with major book publishers to raise book prices in violation of antitrust laws, the federal judge ruled at a hearing on Friday.

Michael Bromwich was appointed in October by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote to evaluate Apple’s antitrust compliance policies. The former Justice Department inspector former director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, according to reports by Bloomberg News, Bromwich set up the unit after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

“Apple has showed no remorse, or made any public statement admitting wrongdoing,” Judge Cote stated. “They are, in a word, unrepentant” for conspiring in 2010 with five major book publishers to price-fix the costs of e-books and de throne Amazon from its position as the leader in the e-book industry.

The five major book publishers weighed in, arguing that banning Apple from the e-book industry would violate the agreements that they made with the Justice Department when they settled. The Justice Department disagreed in a letter filed with the court and added that “Apple should not be rewarded with the same terms received by those who chose to settle to avoid the risks of litigation.”

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According to Courthouse News, all the five book publishers – HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, Holtzbrinck Publishers and Penguin Random House – settled, leaving Apple alone to defend itself.

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    If you follow the case, its gets scary. Its a judge run amuck. She prejudged the case and then threw out everything that would go against her initial feelings. Even the book publishers stated that Apple did not direct them to price fix.

    Then the judge puts a person to monitor them that she knows, is unqualified to monitor for this issue (Michael Bromwich) who agreed that he is unknowldegable in this area so he is bringing an expert and charging Apple double. The current fee is over $1000 per hour for a person who seems to be rummaging around looking for something, anything to post against Apple.

    Justice is not justice when its a personal vendetta. Even the judge says that Apple is unrepentant but if Apple believed it did no wrong, why should it lie and repent??? Maybe Cote works with the NSA???



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