A three judge panel in the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York questioned some of the actions Michael Bromwich has taken in his role as a court appointed monitor inside Apple. Mr. Bromwich was assigned the task following Judge Denise Cote's ruling that Apple engaged in antitrust violations as part of a conspiracy to artificially raise the price of ebooks.
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Judge Cotes antitrust violation ruling against Apple was a surprise, as was her decision to place a court appointed monitor in the company. It's looking more and more like the Appeals Court doesn't think her ruling was appropriate, which means Apple has a chance of clearing its name. Judge Cote's ruling was also an implied endorsement of Amazon's monopoly control over the book market, and overturning it could open the door for competitors to get back into the game.