A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Apple Inc's bid to disqualify an antitrust compliance monitor who was appointed after the company was found liable for conspiring with publishers to raise the prices of e-books, reports Reuters.
Reuters report noted that the "2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge did not abuse her discretion in rejecting Apple's bid to disqualify Michael Bromwich as monitor.
Writing for the appeals court, Circuit Judge Dennis Jacobs said some of Apple's allegations against Bromwich "give pause," particularly one instance in which Bromwich worked with the plaintiffs in opposing a court motion filed by Apple and submitted an affidavit in support.
But he said that on the record, 'we cannot say that the district court abused its discretion' in finding that this did not require Bromwich's disqualification."
How could this monitor have worked for the plaintiff and it not be considered a conflict of interest? – Of course, only in the wacky legal world of wonders.