Apple may not be free of its court-appointed antitrust monitor

Apple may not be free of its reviled court-appointed monitor, Michael Bromwich.

On Oct. 15, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote will hold a conference on whether Bromwich’s controversial stint monitoring Apple’s antitrust compliance should be extended beyond two years, according to a court order. It was supposed to end Oct. 16.

Since Oct. 2013, Apple has fought Bromwich, who Cote assigned after finding the iPhone maker guilty of price fixing in the e-book market. Apple has denied wrong-doing and has appealed the judge’s decision, most recently at the Supreme Court, as Fortune reported.

Meanwhile, Apple has resisted the monitor, including his requests for information and access to top company leaders. In court filings, the company has complained about Bromwich’s hourly fee (now $1,000 per hour, down from $1,100), which Apple pays. In May, a federal appeals court ruled that Bromwich would remain in the position, as I wrote.

On Monday, Bromwich submitted his fourth and final report to the court.

In advance of the release of Bromwich’s final report, the court has told the parties to submit proposed redactions by Oct. 9

Above: Apple’s logo. (FILES/KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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