Unites States of America v. Apple, Inc. et al
FILING ERROR - DEFICIENT DOCKET ENTRY - MOTION to File Amicus Brief. Document filed by Bob Kohn. (Attachments: # 1 Supplement Memorandum in Support, # 2 Exhibit Proposed Amicus Brief)(Brower, Steven) Modified on 1/8/2013 (ldi).
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, INC.,
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS, L.L.C.
VERLAGSGRUPPE GEORG VON
HOLTZBRINK PUBLISHERS, LLC
THE PENGUIN GROUP,
A DIVISION OF PEARSON PLC,
PENGUIN GROUP (USA), INC. and
SIMON & SCHUSTER, INC.,
Civil Action No.12-CV-2826 (DLC)
MEMORANDOM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION OF AMICUS CURIAE BOB KOHN
FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF
REGARDING THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED SCHEDULE
FOR PENGUIN TUNNEY ACT REVIEW
By Order dated August 28, 2012 (12-CV-2826 ECF 108), this Court, pursuant to 15
U.S.C. §16(f)(3), granted leave to Bob Kohn to participate as amicus curiae in this action and to
submit a 5-page amicus curiae response to the DOJ’s Tunney Act filings. Kohn, now requests
leave to file an amicus curiae brief for the sole purpose of replying to the Proposed Schedule for
Penguin Tunney Act Review (“Proposed Schedule”), filed on January 3, 2013 pursuant to the
Court’s order dated December 19, 2013. Kohn’s proposed 4-page amicus curiae brief is attached
to the accompanying motion. Kohn respectfully submits that comments by amicus curiae would
be helpful to the Court in evaluating the Proposed Schedule.
II. THE TUNNEY ACT SPECIFICALLY EMPOWERS A DISTRICT
COURT TO AUTHORIZE THE APPEARANCE OF AMICUS CURIAE
Section 16(f)(3) of the Tunney Act specifically empowers the Court, in connection with
its public interest determination under Section 16(e), to “authorize full or limited participation in
proceedings before the court by interested persons or agencies, including amicus curiae.” See,
Order, 12-cv-02826-DLC, ECF 108 at 3.
KOHN SEEKS TO DRAW ATTENTION TO LAW THAT MAY
OTHERWISE ESCAPE THE COURT’S CONSIDERATION
The classic role of amicus curiae is to assist the court “in a case of general public interest,
supplementing the efforts of counsel, and drawing the court’s attention to law that escaped
consideration.” Miller-Wohl Co, Inc. v. Comm’r of Labor and Industry, 694 F.2d 203, 204 (9th
By letter to the Court dated July 9, 2012, Kohn contended that the Department of Justice
had failed to comply with the statutory requirements of the Tunney Act by not filing with the
Court and publishing in the Federal Register either the public comments it received pursuant to
the Act, nor the Government’s response to such comments, by the statutory deadline set forth in
Section 15 U.S.C. § 16(b). The Government replied to that letter by letter dated July 9, 2012.
ECF 80. Kohn responded to such reply by letter to the Court dated July 11, 2012.
The Court has not since explicitly addressed the question of whether the Government met
its statutory deadline. No order was issued in response to Kohn’s letters, and the Court’s Order
dated September 5, 2012, regarding entry of the Final Judgment as to the first three Settling
Defendants, makes no reference to this issue.
It remains Kohn’s position that that the Government failed to meet the deadline set forth
in the Tunney Act when it filed its public comments and response to those comments on July 23
2012, nearly a month late. Kohn shall contend in his proposed amicus curiae brief that, in its
Proposed Schedule, the Government contemplates that it will again fail to meet the statutory
Kohn has spoken with counsel for defendants Apple, Macmillan and Penguin and each
has expressed to Kohn that its client has no position on Kohn’s filing of an amicus brief on this
issue. Kohn has left a message with the Department of Justice regarding his intention to file this
motion. Last year, in connection with Kohn’s motion for leave to participate as amicus curiae,
the DOJ stated to Kohn, “Our position is that we are not going to consent to the filing of any
amicus briefs.” Given the importance of this matter, Kohn is hopeful that the DOJ will not wish
to object to Kohn’s desire for a ruling on the matter that is the subject of his proposed amicus
The statutory deadline under 15 U.S.C. § 16(b) is the subject of settled law in the Ninth
Circuit, but no decision in this district or the Second Circuit has surfaced that would provide
direct authority on this subject, apart from the plain language of the statute.
Kohn respectfully submits that the Court grant Kohn’s motion to file a 4-page amicus
curiae brief on this subject, because it appears none of the parties will be raising the issue of the
Government’s technical compliance with the statutory deadline, there appears to be no clear law
on the matter in the courts within the Second Circuit; and failure of the Government to comply
with the plain language of the Tunney Act, the sole existence of which is to encourage public
participation in the antitrust consent decree process, should not become a routine matter.
To assist the Court in its determination of whether the Proposed Schedule complies with
the Tunney Act, amicus curiae Kohn respectfully requests leave of Court to file the
accompanying amicus curiae brief.
Dated: January 7, 2013
California Bar No. 100793
140 E. 28th St.
New York, NY 10016
/s/ Steven Brower
STEVEN BROWER [PRO HAC]
California Bar No. 93568
18400 Von Karman Ave., Suite 800
Irvine, California 92612-0514
Pro Bono Counsel to Bob Kohn
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