Apple its ‘own worst enemy,’ says monitor

Despite making “substantial progress” in its antitrust compliance, Apple continued to resist information requests made by the firm’s court-appointed antitrust monitor, the monitor said in a report released this week, as The Hill reported.

As I wrote earlier this week, the parties will meet with Judge Denise Cote on Oct. 15 to discuss whether to extend the two-year term of Michael Bromwich, the antitrust monitor. Bromwich argued that he essentially did little work the first six months of his tenure because of Apple’s resistance. His term is supposed to be up this month.

Cote appointed Bromwich to monitor Apple’s antitrust compliance program in the wake of her ruling that the iPhone maker was guilty of conspiring with publishers to fix the price of e-books. Apple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Cote’s ruling.

Since he began his work, Apple has resisted Bromwich. That behavior continued, Bromwich said, even when Apple had a good story to tell:

We continued to have requests rejected on a regular basis during this reporting period for no good reason; indeed, it turns out that Apple had a positive story to tell about the attention it paid to antitrust considerations in connection with Apple Music—a positive story that appears to reflect well on its (Executive Team), its Board, its lawyers, and its business personnel. And yet, our efforts to obtain basic information about how Apple handled antitrust issues relating to Apple Music were met with objections, resistance, and the provision of minimal information in response to repeated requests. In this respect, Apple has been its own worst enemy.

What might be Apple’s “positive story?” The monitor’s report is redacted in key areas, but Bromwich said that for example, Eddy Cue sought “antitrust training for Apple employees that worked on Apple Music, such as Beats founder Jimmy Iovine.”

Updated to add a link to the antitrust monitor’s report.

Above: Jimmy Iovine, the founder of Beats, and Apple CEO Tim Cook. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


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  • WAM

    this gay run company is going down down down for sharholders – when will the metro sexual cowardice of the board demand that Kimmy Cooke buy: TSLA NFLX SPACEX – and take care of the shareholder – I dont care how AAPL performed up and till now – it has been abysmally poor

    • USMC 8th and I

      “Gay run company”…….interesting.
      What has that got to do with anything?

      I’m sure you missed that last run up. Better get on board or you’ll miss the next one too!

      BTW….your negative postings are BORING…….

    • tjwolf

      oh man, somebody’s got a giant-sized chip on their shoulder…

      …and so logical! “I don’t care how AAPL performed up until [I corrected your poor grammar – you’re welcome] now – it has been abysmally poor” – this is a completely meaningless sentence without a time indicator. Investors that bought in any time before financial crisis are probably rich. Anyone’s that bought in after 2012, doubled their money.

  • MarineSharpShot

    Easy to spot the Russian trolls regardless of the English teachers that have been hired…

  • WAM

    + the ashkenazi kazar 3 card Monty HFTs to the manipulation and these nation less bunch of golden calf worshipers that whine whine are picking AAPL’s bones clean

  • fstein

    We all know, including Bromwich, about the massive shift from cable type bundles to OTT Video; And that Apple, Google, Netflixx, Amazon and others are in the hunt.
    No one is surprised that Apple does not want Bromwich snooping on their work in this area.
    Bromwich’s outrageous fees don’t matter compared to what’s at stake.