Apple's iBooks court monitor stays in place, but there's a catch

Apple's been trying to stop court-appointed antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich, put in place last summer to oversee the company's efforts to comply with a ruling against it in the e-book price fixing case. Looks like they're going to have to get used to him, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The order Monday by the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals favored the Justice Department, which had pushed for the monitor, but Apple didn’t walk away empty handed.The panel of judges defined Mr. Bromwich’s duties in narrow terms: The former Justice Department inspector general is authorized to request interviews and documents from the company only to ensure that Apple has policies in place to prevent future antitrust violations and that senior executives and board members understand them.

So while Apple doesn't shake Bromwich entirely, he doesn't have the latitude that he had going into this process. Apple's lawyers claimed that Bromwich had been exceeding his authority.

What do you think? Is Apple guilty, as Judge Denise Kote ruled? Or was the fix in against Apple from the start because of Amazon's dominance in e-books? Let me know in the comments.

Peter Cohen