Monday, December 2, 2013

Apple Objects to Federal Court "Shakedown Racket"

You know there are hogs and there are Hogs -- and when you get to the US Federal Court level -- OMG!, here's a Federal Court (politico) Judge and appointee "compliance monitor" who have really gone overboard:

"As part of its punishment for the e-book antitrust trial it lost this summer, Apple is supposed to be footing the bill for a court-appointed “compliance monitor." While it appeals the court’s ruling in the trial, Apple is now contesting the way that its doing too much, by doing things like demanding interviews with Apple CEO Tim Cook, board member Al Gore, and Jony Ive (“whose sole and exclusive responsibility at Apple is to perfect elegant product designs,” according to an Apple attorney). [The compliance monitor] is charging too much — more than $1,100 an hour. Apple says this is “higher than Apple has ever encountered for any task.” Bromwich’s bill for his five-person team’s first two weeks of work: $138,432.40." Read more at Apple Complains About Court's E-Book Antitrust Monitor, Fees - Peter Kafka - News - AllThingsD.

The whole thing looks and smells like a shakedown racket (even if legal) -- all under the ruling and supervision of the same Federal (via a politico lifetime appointment) Judge.

Steve Jobs must be rolling over in his grave!

OK, I'll say it--Hogs at the Trough!

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