Appeals court in NY restores monitor for Apple

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals panel in New York says a court-appointed monitor evaluating Apple's antitrust policies can resume his work with limits.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued the order Monday.

The court had stopped Washington lawyer Michael Bromwich from continuing his work as monitor last month while it determined whether he should be allowed to proceed. The court is considering whether his appointment was proper, and such a decision could be months away.

The appeals panel says it agreed Bromwich's duties should be limited to evaluating whether an antitrust compliance program is adequate, not whether Apple employees and management complied with antitrust laws.

A judge appointed the monitor after concluding Apple colluded with book publishers in 2010 to raise electronic book prices.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. has declined to comment.