US District Court Judge Denise Cote originally took issue with the settlement because Apple could end up only paying $70 million.
US Judge Denise Cote, who ruled that Apple conspired to fix e-book prices, denies the company's attempt to throw off a monitor that was appointed to oversee its antitrust compliance.
After the tech giant agrees to pay millions in the e-book price-fixing lawsuit, the presiding judge says, "I'm concerned about the terms of the settlement."
Judge rejects Apple's argument that states lack standing in the case, which seeks as much as $840 million in damages.
The settlement comes less than a month before the scheduled beginning of the trial, in which $840 million in damages was sought from Apple.
A federal appeals court has granted a temporary stay until a three-judge panel can examine Apple's motion.
Michael Bromwich says that Apple has become more responsive to his inquiries regarding its e-book price-fixing case, but he'd like to have time with the company's senior leadership.
The petition sought emergency stay pending the resolution of an appeal concerning the case's class status.
Judge says the antitrust lawsuit filed by state attorneys general has already been delayed two months and should begin on July 14.
Second phase of price-fixing case against Apple will determine how much the company owes for allegedly conspiring with publishers to eliminate price competition.