The Apple Monitor’s First Report: Serious Lessons on Compliance Programs

The Apple Monitor’s First Report: Serious Lessons on Compliance Programs

Joe Murphy – Bloomberg Corporate Law & Accountability Report – June 13, 2014

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Shortly after the start of Apple’s government imposed monitor agreement – the result of the company’s loss in the government’s antitrust case relating to its e-books price-fixing activity – the big headlines seemed to be about the messy conflict between the Monitor and Apple’s lawyers.  What exploded in the media headlines was the rare case of a company openly attacking its monitor in public.  Juicy details spilling out of the story included the Monitor’s $1000-plus hourly fees and the company’s refusal to allow interviews with its executives.  Thus, on April 14, 2014, when the Monitor issued his first report as required under the court order, for the press the singular focus was still the public conflict between Apple and the Monitor.

However, for compliance and ethics professionals and others interested in the field of compliance and ethics, there was much more of interest in the report, revealing clues about the real source of that infamous Apple v. Monitor conflict.

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