DOJ accuses Apple of

Apple’s fight with its court-appointed antitrust monitor, Michael Bromwich, has riled the Department of Justice, which complained about Apple’s behavior in a letter filed with the federal court overseeing the case, as Hillicon Valley reports.

The DOJ, which successfully brought the e-books price-fixing case against the iPad maker, defends Bromwich against Apple’s complaints about the monitor’s methods, bias and expense. The company asked the court to remove him, which we wrote about last week.

In the latest filing, as relayed by Hillicon Valley, the DOJ says the company is “focused on personally attacking [compliance monitor Michael] Bromwich, and thwarting him from performing even the most basic of his court-ordered functions.”

The DOJ letter goes on to argue that the monitor is “supposed to challenge the firm’s policies to ensure they comply with the law.”

If challenging a company is the basis of Apple’s bias complaint, “then a monitor could serve no purpose other than as a rubber stamp,” the DOJ said.

We are sure to hear a response from Apple.

Above: An Apple iPad Air. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group).

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Michelle Quinn is a Business Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. Prior to her current role, she was the Silicon Valley correspondent at Politico covering tech policy and politics. She has also covered the tech industry at the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a blogger for the New York Times.