Apple Objects To “Unprecedented” Legal Bill

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When you’re among the world’s most sued companies, we imagine that you get used to some pretty hefty legal fees from keeping lawyers on retainer.

Even Apple has kicked up a fuss, however, when its court-appointed “monitor” — given the job of ensuring Apple’s antitrust compliance concerning e-book price fixing — handed in what the company considered a fairly outrageous time sheet.

How much is Apple having to pay out to Michael Bromwich, a former assistant U.S. attorney and Justice Department inspector General? Well, according to the company he has proposed an hourly rate of $1,100 — along with a hefty “administrative fee”.

Bromwich’s invoice for his first two weeks of work was $138,432: the equivalent of 75 percent of a federal judge’s annual salary. In a filing designed to protest the appointment Apple described this as “unprecedented in Apple’s experience.”

And in an ironic touch, the company has also observed that the man court-ordered to stop Apple from blocking market competition has been able to drive up his fee for exactly that reason.

“Mr. Bromwich appears to be simply taking advantage of the fact that there is no competition here or, in his view, any ability on the part of Apple, the subject of his authority, to push back on his demands,” lawyers for the company said in the filing.

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  • Robert X

    $1100 and hour is freaking ridiculous no matter who you are. More so if you are a court appointed “monitor”.

  • Paul Burt

    Glad that Apple’s not taking any of this guy’s crap. That’s at least 10 times more than he should be getting!

  • Faslane

    And the fact HE’S hiring other to pretty much do HIS job is ludicrous. HE shouldn’t be outsourcing help at all. Simply working the system. I hope Apple turns around and files charges on him. There must be some sort of legal action they could take against him, maybe not but his “rate” is asinine.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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