eBook Anti-Trust Compliance at $840 million

Apple is finally cooperating with independent ebook monitor Michael Bromwich in efforts to examine Apple’s compliance policies and procedures.  Bloomberg has reported that “Bromwich said his team experienced “unexpected delays in its efforts to evaluate Apple’s antitrust compliance policies, procedures and training” following his October appointment. After the appeals court ruling, his team attempted to “reset” the relationship, which resulted in constructive responses from Apple, he said.”

The monitor, a former U.S. Justice Department inspector general, said his team has conducted only a limited number of interviews of a small number of Apple employees, none of whom were Apple’s senior executives.

“Our unsuccessful attempts to speak with senior members of the company are of particular importance given this court’s findings regarding the involvement of senior personnel in the events underlying the e-books litigation,” Bromwich said.

Five publishers had previously agreed to pay a collective $166 million to settle related antitrust charges, including Lagardere SCA’s Hachette Book Group Inc, News Corp’s HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Penguin Group (USA) Inc, CBS Corp’s Simon & Schuster Inc and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH’s Macmillan.

Apple has since applied for a delay to the July 2014 trial to take place in the United States District Court.

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