Department of Justice files objection to temporary Apple antitrust monitor stay
January 24, 2014 | 9:18 pm
The filing doesn’t seem to be on PACER yet, and I haven’t been able to find any other link to the filing, but in keeping with the declared deadline of close of business Friday, the Department of Justice has filed its opposition to Apple getting a temporary stay of the anti-trust monitor. CNET and the Wall Street Journal have the coverage and some quotes from the filing.
"In any event, the district court did not exceed its authority in ordering an external monitor for Apple or abuse its discretion in declining to disqualify the selected monitor," the government said. "Nor can Apple establish that it will be irreparably harmed by the monitorship. Finally, the public interest weighs firmly against any delay in the monitor’s work."
Wall Street Journal:
"Apple’s true complaint is that it ‘does not control the monitorship’," the lawyers wrote in a 21-page motion. "Of course not—a ‘monitor’ controlled by the party to be monitored is no monitor at all."
The Wall Street Journal also notes the Appeals Court will hear arguments on February 4th as to whether to keep the stay in place until the full appeal can be heard.
When the filing does show up, I’ll probably just link it here…unless it seems substantial enough to get a whole new story out of it; you never know.
Update: Thanks to Bob W for providing a link (PDF) in the comments. Essentially, the DoJ is recapitulating a lot of Cote’s decision as its arguments as to why Apple shouldn’t get a stay. The monitor was acting within his brief, Apple waived its chances to object, and the salary is being discussed elsewhere and isn’t the kind of thing that deserves a stay regardless.
I imagine Apple will probably file a reply sometime before the February 4th hearing. We’ll see what it says.