A U.S. judge weighing remedies to assure that Apple Inc does not fix prices again in the e-books market said on Tuesday that she plans to require it to hire an external monitor, something the company considers unnecessary.
But U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan suggested a final injunction would be narrower than what the U.S. Department of Justice has been seeking, and would not restrict Apple’s agreements with suppliers of other types of content such as movies, music and TV shows.
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She said a monitor would be necessary, after Apple had failed to show it learned its lesson from its “blatant” violations of antitrust law.
The monitor, she said, would likely be installed to review Apple’s internal antitrust compliance program and procedures and recommend changes, and also required annual antitrust training for employees in Apple’s e-books and content businesses.
Apple had vigorously contested hiring of a monitor, saying in court papers it would be “extremely costly and burdensome.”
The Justice Department had earlier also sought to force Apple to hire an internal antitrust compliance officer, but has since backed off that demand.
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