updated 12:47 pm EST, Fri November 29, 2013
Compliance monitor returns fire in letter to board
Apple has filed a formal objection against the compliance monitor in the recent e-book price-fixing lawsuit, crying foul over the attorney's alleged $69,000 weekly fees. The company's legal team also claims the monitor, Michael Bromwich, has exceeded his authority by demanding interviews with board members and executives, such as design head Jony Ive and board member Al Gore, who are not involved in the business unit affected by the court decision.
"Apple has diligently accommodated Mr. Bromwich's premature and inappropriate demands, but it has become clear over the past six weeks that Mr. Bromwich views himself as an independent investigator whose role is to interrogate Apple personnel about matters unrelated to the injunction in an effort to ferret out any wrongdoing, all at Apple's expense," reads the complaint, which was posted by AllThingsD.
Bromwich fired back in a letter to CEO Tim Cook and the board of directors, claiming that the company has "not been responsive" to its court-ordered obligations. He argues that Apple is attempting to "manage [his team's] relationship as though we are its outside counsel or consultant, to whom it can dictate terms and conditions," and calls for more access to liaisons that is "unfiltered" by the company's legal team.
Apple is currently attempting to appeal the court's initial decision.