Michael Bromwich, the lawyer tasked with monitoring Apple’s compliance with antitrust laws, has told a court that the Cupertino based-company is obstructing his work, according to a report by the Herald News. Apple was found guilty by US District Judge Denise Cote of conspiring with publishers to raise electronic book 2010.
According to the report, Michael Bromwich filed a in Manhattan federal court on Monday, stating that he’s been largely cut off from top executives at Apple, who argued that his investigation was interfering with their business operations.
“In my 20 years of doing oversight work, I have never before had the entity over which I was exercising oversight unilaterally dictate who could be interviewed, even in those instances in which I have dealt with very sensitive matter, including highly classified matters of national security,” Bromwich told the court.
[su_pullquote align=”right”] Her condominium with Mr. Bromwich is offensive to the rule of law and a disgrace to the judiciary.[/su_pullquote]
“Bromwich said that in the two months since his October appointment, he and his staff had been permitted 13 hours of substantive interviews or discussions during two visits to California,” report states.
In a recent editorial article, the Wall Street Journal was very sympathetic to Apple’s position in this case.
According to the report:
Impossible as it sounds, Judge Denise Cote has found a way to make the Justice Department’s antitrust assault on Apple even more abusive. Because it presumed to enter the e-books market, the court is forcing the company to pay for a special prosecutor to investigate itself—and shredding the separation of constitutional powers too.
While he has great political connections, Mr. Bromwich has no experience in antitrust law. The greenhorn is billing Apple at an $1,100 hourly rate and he was forced to hire the law firm Fried Frank to make up for his lack of expertise, at $1,025 a hour. He racked up $138,432.40 in charges for his first two weeks. A spokesman for Mr. Bromwich’s firm, the Bromwich Group, declined to comment on matters currently before the court.
Judge Cote backed off her plan for secret communications with Mr. Bromwich when Apple objected, but otherwise she is giving her friend whatever he wants. The Second Circuit where her ruling is on appeal should remove her from the case. Her condominium with Mr. Bromwich is offensive to the rule of law and a disgrace to the judiciary.