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Apple hasn't given up the fight to get its court-appointed antitrust monitor thrown out as it takes its case to the US Appeals Court. The fruity firm has been trying to persuade the courts to put off the monitor's appointment until it has appealed against the guilty verdict imposed on it last year for conspiring to fix ebook …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just shows the monitor is needed

    The more they bitch, moan and remain in denial about their behaviour, the more it shows why they need this level of scrutiny in the first place.

    1. g e

      Re: Just shows the monitor is needed

      Yep. Nothing to hide, nothing to fear, right?

  2. Tom7
    Pint

    Like customer, like company

    ie a whining, whingy teenager who just knows the world isn't fair to it.

    Can someone buy their lawyers a beer so they can calm down a notch?

    1. Steve Knox
      Unhappy

      Re: Like customer, like company

      The problem is Apple has bought tons of beer* for their lawyer. That's why he's pursuing this absurd line of appeals. For him there's the upside of more money and no downside, because lawyers in the US are rarely if ever held accountable for the stupidity of their clients' positions, even as they knowingly persist in enabling such stupidity for the sake of more billable hours.

      *Figuratively speaking (i.e, they've spent a lot of money on him). I am not implying in any way that their lawyer is or would have to be a drunkard (or indeed any kind of drug addict) to persist in pursuing such a petulant petition.

  3. ptmmac

    Some times people and companies bitch because things are unfair.

    I recommend the following article to any who actually want to know what is going on with this issue: http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2014/02/03/apple-asking-appeals-court-to-freeze-monitor/

    The reporting from another blog on the same website: Apple 2.0 actually discusses the hearing where the panel of judges asked questions about the legal issues. They appeared to be leaning towards writing more specific orders that limited the fishing expedition by the special counsel rather than replacing him.

  4. Darryl

    They're probably hoping that the President will step in and make it all better like he did when they were anticipating iPhone and iPad import bans

  5. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge

    Bang on...

    "If top execs "had spent some of their valuable time keeping the company from violating antitrust laws, they wouldn't be in this position"."

    Nail hit firmly on head.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Bang on...

      If you had followed the original arguments you would realise that to an impartial observer all that has happened is that a monopoly has been handed to Amazon.. Well, actually, confirmed for Amazon as they already pretty much had that and Apple would have helped break it. It's well known that Apple don't pay huge sums to lobbyists in Washington, perhaps they should now reconsider that decision, stop playing fair and play the game like everyone else...

      1. Don Dumb
        Stop

        Re: Bang on...

        @AC - "It's well known that Apple don't pay huge sums to lobbyists in Washington"

        Is it now?

        We need a bullshit icon for Sergent Colonesque comments like this that try and strengthen obviously made up, unevidenced opinion with pub talk like "a well known fact".

  6. VinceH Silver badge
    Trollface

    "In the appeals court yesterday Apple's attorney Theodore Boutrous said that the firm would suffer irreparable harm if the monitor was allowed to keep working while the court decides if his job is even legal in the first place, Reuters reported."

    s/suffer irreparable harm/be less able to make mountains of cash from dodgy practices/

  7. Eradicate all BB entrants

    Sod technology companies .....

    ...... i'm buying popcorn stocks from now on.

  8. busycoder99
    Pint

    Karma's a beyoch

    ain't it Apple?

  9. ratfox Silver badge

    Strange strategy

    Apple may be trying to garner points with their fans with these complaints, but I can hardly imagine anything more likely to raise the hackles of a judge.

    All in all, I would think it more clever to handle the whole monitorship as discreetly as possible.

  10. Aybee

    "All in all, I would think it more clever to handle the whole monitorship as discreetly as possible."

    Yes.

    A few years ago Apple was associated primarily with magical amazingness, at least in the minds of its fan base. (*) Nowadays its corporate image brings to mind litigation and sweatshops.

    (*) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tekXxB6dosQ

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