At the end of last year, a magistrate judge in California granted sanctions against Apple Inc. for delays in handing over documents in the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust suit against Qualcomm Inc. Sanctions amounted to $25,000 for each day the iPhone maker failed to produce the documents.

Following Apple’s move in early January to push back against the fines, Lawyers for Civil Justice, a partnership of corporate counsel and defense bar practitioners, weighed in this week to support the Cupertino-based giant, arguing that the sanctions are “contrary to law and sound public policy.”

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