Compliance Monitor Says Apple Very Uncooperative

A Washington lawyer monitoring Apple Inc. compliance with antitrust laws after a judge found it conspired with publishers to raise electronic book prices said in court papers filed Monday that the company is obstructing his work.

Attorney Michael Bromwich said in a document filed in Manhattan federal court that he's been largely cut off from top executives at Apple, which argued earlier this month that his investigation was interfering with its business operations.

Bromwich, a former inspector general for the Justice Department, was appointed as an external compliance monitor to review Apple's antitrust and training policies after U.S. District Judge Denise Cote concluded following a bench trial that Apple disobeyed antitrust laws by trying to raise electronic book prices in 2010.

"In my 20 years of doing oversight work, I have never before had the entity over which I was exercising oversight unilaterally dictate who could be interviewed, even in those instances in which I have dealt with very sensitive matter, including highly classified matters of national security," Bromwich wrote, noting that he had been appointed as a monitor three times before and had conducted scores of investigations in the public and private sector and supervised hundreds of others.

An Apple spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

Bromwich said that in the two months since his October appointment, he and his staff had been permitted 13 hours of substantive interviews or discussions during two visits to California.

He said seven of the 11 people he had been permitted to interview were lawyers rather than business people and the interviews had to take place at a remote location in Sunnyvale, California, rather than at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California.

A month after he was told all requested materials would be produced promptly, he said, he had received only 303 pages of...

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