Billion-Dollar Giant Apple is Sad About Ebook Anti-Trust Lawyer's Legal Fees

By Gary Cutlack on at

Apple's not happy with the US legal system, claiming that the $1,100 (£670) hourly fee charged by a court-appointed specialist in its ebook price-fixing case is a bit on the high side. He's only being given the equivalent of a 32GB iPhone 5S every hour, though.

Apple's legal people said: "Mr. Bromwich appears to be simply taking advantage of the fact that there is no competition here or, in his view, any ability on the part of Apple, the subject of his authority, to push back on his demands."

District Judge Denise Cote appointed Bromwich back in October, with Apple balking at his first invoice of $138,432 (£84,000) -- for just two weeks of "work" on the case. He's also hiring additional lawyers to help manage the paperwork and interviews with Apple staff, so perhaps isn't pocketing it all for himself. [Bloomberg]