Michael Bromwich, a lawyer appointed by U.S. Federal Judge Denise Cote as Apple’s monitor in the e-book pricing case, finally got a chance to sit down with Apple CEO Tim Cook. However, Bromwich has not yet had a chance to sit down with everyone that he originally wanted.
In a report written to Cote on Wednesday, Bromwich says the over the past several months his team’s relationship with Apple has improved. Over the past six months, Bromwich and his team said they have been more productive than the first six months of monitoring the company.
“Our relationship with Apple during this period has been more productive and constructive than it was during the first few months of the monitorship.”
Even though everything seems to be going smoothly, Bromwich still has a few complaints. He says that he continues to experience delays when trying to speak with certain Apple executives.
Bromwich has spoken with all of Apple’s executive team except two individuals: Apple’s senior vice president of design Jony Ive and senior vice president of marketing Phil Schiller. Despite repeatedly requesting time to speak with both Ive and Schiller, he has been turned down because they have probably both been too busy.
After monitoring the company for about one year, here are Bromwich’s findings:
Although the employees spoke of a culture based on “doing the right thing,” they didn’t always know what that was. Moreover, he didn’t feel Apple’s executive team had done all it could to, in his words, “foster a culture of antitrust compliance.”
Bromwich feels like Apple’s executive team could do more than it already has to try and stimulate a culture of antitrust compliance.