Judge: Apple Needs an Antitrust Monitor
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) continues to be plagued by an antitrust lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice, in which the company was found guilty of colluding with major publishers to fix the price of e-books and force Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) to raise prices for titles sold on its Kindle e-readers.
Now, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote has ruled that an external monitor be installed at Apple to enforce antitrust regulations, something the company said was unnecessary when the DoJ first pushed for the measure.
According to a report from Reuters, Cote said a monitor was necessary because Apple’s “blatant” antitrust violations showed that the company doesn’t have the capacity to monitor itself. The monitor will review Apple’s antitrust compliance program, be responsible for recommending changes to Apple’s antitrust policies, and provide antitrust training for employees in Apple’s content businesses once a year.
Apple has fought against the DoJ’s demand that a monitor be installed at the company, saying in court papers seen by Reuters that having a monitor would be ”extremely costly and burdensome.” On Wednesday, Apple lawyer Orin Snyder bashed the DoJ’s latest letter to the court in his own letter, saying it was a “a 12-page broadside masquerading as a brief repeating their prior arguments and largely ignoring this Court’s core guidance.”