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U.S. says Apple e-books antitrust monitor no longer needed

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An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City
  • Reuters
  • 2 years ago

An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City

The U.S. Justice Department has determined that Apple Inc has implemented significant improvements to its antitrust compliance program and that a court-appointed monitor’s term does not need extended, according to a court filing.

The Justice Department in a letter filed late Monday in Manhattan federal court said its recommendation was despite Apple’s “challenging relationship” with Michael Bromwich, who was named monitor after the iPad maker was found liable for conspiring to raise e-book prices.

The Justice Department said its decision to not recommend extending the monitorship beyond its two-year term was “not an easy one,” as Apple “never embraced a cooperative working relationship with the monitor.”

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