Judge to install external antitrust monitor at Apple
The judge overseeing the possible remedies in the ebook price fixing case has indicated that she will place a third-party antitrust monitor at Apple. Though her final ruling is expected to be narrower than what the Justice Department desires, Judge Denise Cote said a third-party supervisor will be installed to prevent further violation of antitrust laws. Judge Cote believes that Apple has failed to demonstrate proper remorse for its behavior, according to Reuters:
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 DOJ had also wanted Apple's policy of preventing apps from linking directly to external stores revoked, at least in regards to ebooks. But Judge Cote has said that she wants to infringe on how Apple does business as little as possible. A ruling on a injunction is expected next week.
Judge Cote has set a May 2014 date for the damages trial, in which Apple faces a possible penalty hundreds of millions of dollars. Does an external monitor seem fair to you?