Meet Apple’s E-Book Antitrust Monitor
Judge Denise Cote has appointed an “External Compliance Monitor” to oversee and review Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) internal antitrust compliance policies as stipulated in the injunction won by the U.S. Department of Justice earlier this year. As reported by CNET, Judge Cote appointed former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Bromwich, one of the two candidates proposed by the government.
Bromwich has previous experience as a monitor for both a police department and the oil industry, noted CNET. According to the injunction, Apple is to be monitored for a period of at least two years. However, the court has the option to extend the injunction if it feels that the circumstances require it.
In July, Judge Cote ruled that Apple violated antitrust laws when it conspired with multiple publishers to fix prices in the e-book business. Last month, she issued an injunction against Apple that places restrictions on how the Cupertino-based company can conduct its e-book business.