Apple Is Difficult To Work With, Says Court-Appointed Monitor


When your working relationship begins with the company you’re working with making an official complaint about your “unprecedented” bill, you know things are off to a rocky start.

Cult of Mac reported back in late November about Apple’s dealings with court-appointed monitor Michael Bromwich: the former U.S. attorney and Justice Department inspector general given the job of ensuring Appleā€™s antitrust compliance regarding e-book price fixing.

Well, if Apple complained then, Bromwich is complaining now: filing a document with Manhattan federal court on Monday, in which he claims that he has been largely cut off from top Apple executives, and is experiencing lengthy delays when it comes to receiving requested information.

“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 in the filing — noting that he has been an appointed monitor on three previous occasions, and has conducted scores of investigations in the public and private sector, while supervising hundreds of others.

Bromwich also pointed out that one month after requesting materials from Apple be produced promptly, he was still waiting on all but 303 pages of documents.

Apple being too closed and secretive about the way it operates? Sounds like Bromwich is experiencing the pain of tech journalists everywhere…

Apple did not immediately respond to the complaint.

  • Paul Burt

    “20 years of oversight work”

    Isn’t this the same guy who said he had to hire other lawyers to help him because he hadn’t done this type of work before and that was the justification for his exorbitantly high fees? Sorry, this is just highly suspect. Him even being appointed with little restrictions in the first place was highly illegal. This just needs to stop.

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