In efforts to keep up with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) over antitrust matters, one high-profile attorney named Michael Bromwich was appointed to the case. He was appointed by United States District Judge Denise Cote. He will monitor the iPhone maker for the next two years, keeping tabs on the company’s procedures and antitrust policies.
Restrictions on Apple
Last summer, Cote made a ruling on the case, and last month, she made restrictions on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) that included an external monitor. Bromwich already has a law firm in Washington DC that specializes in internal investigations and compliance. He was just one of the two attorney candidates that Cote considered.
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Bromwich originally worked as a federal prosecutor in New York. He was a part of the government’s team against Oliver North (former Marine colonel who was the key figure involved in the Iran-Contra issue. Reuters added, “President Obama appointed Bromwich to head the U.S. offshore drilling regulator in the wake of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, after the agency came under fire for failing to adequately monitor oil and gas development. In addition to his work as a litigator, Bromwich also runs his own strategic consulting firm, the Bromwich Group.”
Bromwich honored to serve as a court monitor
In a recent statement, Bromwich claimed he was honored to serve as a court monitor for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). A representative for the Cupertino-based tech giant said the company had no comment on the matter.
This entire case started in April when the U.S. Justice Department sued Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and five major book publishers over an alleged conspiracy to set ebook prices that would hurt Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). The publishing groups eventually settled, but left Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in court to finish matters with the Justice Department. Cote then claimed that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) planned the alleged conspiracy, and Apple vowed to fight back.
Fortunately, it doesn’t really look like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has to worry much now that the case is over.