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Judge Denise Cote responds to Apple's concerns over court-appointed monitor

As you may have already read, Apple is none too thrilled with Michael Bromwich, the court-appointed monitor Judge Denise Cote chose to keep an eye on Apple's antitrust compliance measures.

This past Monday, Cote issued an order addressing Apple's many complaints.

In short, the order relays that if Apple has problems with either Bromwich or Cote herself, Apple knows what protocols it has to follow. One thing worth noting is that Cote denies that there has been any ex parte communication between her and Bromwich, while also indicating that there won't be any such meetings in the future.

The order reads in part:

Through its November 27 submission, Apple offers other objections as well. It objects to the Monitor's performance of his duties to date and to his fees. On September 5, the Court set forth specific procedures designed to resolve any concerns about the monitoring. The procedures are as follows: within ten calendar days of any action giving rise to an objection, Apple was directed to write to the Department of Justice and Plaintiff States setting forth its objections.

And so, the legal song-and-dance continues.

While Apple could have avoided the entire headache this saga has created by simply settling with the Justice Department, Tim Cook said during this year's AllThingsD conference that Apple, as a matter of principle, would rather take the antitrust battle to court than admit to doing something it didn't do.

[via Roger Parloff]