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US asks Appeals Court to reject Apple’s monitor challenge

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NEW YORK — The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court Friday to let a monitor continue reviewing Apple’s antitrust policies over the company’s objections.

Government lawyers filed papers with the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, saying Apple Inc.’s arguments are without merit as the company tries to stop the monitoring it complains is ‘‘a roving investigation.’’

The monitor, Washington lawyer Michael Bromwich, was appointed for two years in October by a judge who concluded last summer that the Cupertino, Calif.-based company had colluded with book publishers in 2010 to raise electronic book prices.

An appeals court judge on Tuesday suspended the appointment until a three-judge panel decides if the monitor’s work should continue. Arguments are scheduled for Feb. 4.

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